Monday I wrote about the parable of the Prodigal Son and how it reveals yet another side of God our Father. Our Heavenly Father is a God who seeks our return to Him when we sin and celebrates that return with rejoicing.
Continuing in the light of that story, now that the son has returned home to his Father, what exactly does the Father expect of him? Is the son now able to sit back and live in leisure doing whatever he desires?
As the older brother in the parable clearly reveals… there is work to be done.
But we are called into that work, not as slaves or as servants. We are called to work alongside our Heavenly Father as sons and daughters.
As I wrote on January 23rd regarding Eph. 2:10, we are created to make an impact on those around us through certain works that God has prepared in advance for us.
But the work that God has called us to is not just external.
We each have internal work to be completed in cooperation with the Holy Spirit.
Primary in that internal work is to learn to love God with ALL our hearts, souls, minds and strength.
The most important thing God desires from us is to love Him completely.
It is one thing to recognize and receive God’s love from Him. It is another to turn around and love Him with everything we are.
It takes a lifetime to learn how to do that.
But there are a couple of things we can do to help move that process forward. I’ll be writing about those items in the days ahead.
In the meantime, take some time to reflect on how well you love God today through your work in healthcare, and your interactions with family and friends.
Prayer: Lord, show me where I am failing to love You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.