Saturday, October 4, 2014

What We Give God: Our Consent to Receive

In the Gospel of Luke, the three persons of God are manifested, showing how much God loves us, how much He does everything for us, who can do nothing for ourselves accept consent to receive:

"4What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing." (Luke 15: 4-5)


"Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost." (Luke 15: 8-9)

And of course, the Parable of the Gracious Father (traditional known as the Prodigal Son), could not be more explicit that we have nothing to give, but everything to receive from God our Father:

"And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry." (Luke 15: 20-24)

We are poor in ourselves, lost, stranded, with no direction to go in. God finds us, saves us, promotes us, and blesses us indeed (1 Chronicles 4: 9-10; Ephesians 1: 3-6). Who are we to assume that we can give anything to God?

What we can give God through Christ -- that we consent to believe on Him and receive from Him.

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