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Wisdom for the Week


Assume Your Position

April 5, 2021

Readings:       Luke 15:11-20; Ephesians 1:3-5, 11


He predestined and lovingly planned for us to be adopted to Himself as [His own] children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the kind intention and good pleasure of His will. (Ephesians 1:5- Amplified Bible)

A frequently referenced Biblical story tells of a wealthy man who had two sons.  The story focuses on the younger son, who went to his father demanding his rightful inheritance prematurely.  Perhaps the son was experiencing an identity crisis, feeling no direction, family responsibility, or expectations — all traits, according to psychologists, of “second child syndrome.”

The father acquiesced to his son’s request and the son proceeded to journey out in search of himself.  After squandering all of his inheritance and finding himself at a miserable, rock bottom place where he inherently knew he did not belong, the scripture says, “he came to himself.” He humbly returned to his father, asked for forgiveness, was welcomed back, and granted his rightful position in the family. The young son knew whose child he was, and he knew the benefits attached to that family position.

Our reading in Ephesians highlights a different family structure.  It focuses on an intentional, adoptive, rather than biological family unit.  It is a permanent binding relationship that carries with it all the rights, privileges, advantages, opportunities, and promises of the biological family.

As an adopted, chosen child of God, I question myself, and invite others to question themselves:  Am I squandering my God given inheritance by living beneath the promises of God inherent in our relationship?  If so, I invite you to come to yourself and assume your position.

Prayer:   God of Love and Full Inclusion, Thank You!!!  May I recognize and assume my rightful position as Your child, living out Your will.

Listen:  “In My Father’s House” by Samuel Medas

Listen:  “I Know Who I Am” by Israel Houghton

 About the Author:

Senior Minister Brenda Grier-Miller, retired Associate Dean of Oberlin College, serves on the ministerial staff of The Oberlin House Of The Lord Fellowship, Oberlin Ohio, where faith influences politics.  A champion of youth, encourager, justice defender, and follower of Christ. An inspiration and meditation writer. A wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

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