Jesus said: “The Father and I are one” (John 10:30). When Jesus said, “The Father and I are one,” He expressed the truth of your unity with the Father. You and the Father are one.
This is not a goal that you can aspire to reach. This is truth.
Unity with the Father is not a special dispensation given to Jesus because He was special. Unity with the Father is a divine truth given to all of us because we are all special.
In the parable of the Prodigal Son, Luke 15:11-32, Jesus beautifully illustrated this truth of “Unity with the Father.” The younger brother “went off to the far country.” After cutting himself off from his father, he was feeding hogs for a living. This symbolizes life at its lowest level. I t could mean failure and poverty and illness. It could even mean health and wealth with an accompanying lack of meaning, confusion, and frustrations. After spending or losing all that he had, the younger brother came back. When he came back, the father feasted, robed, bejeweled, and embraced him. The father did not punish him. Like our Father in heaven, he cannot hate his son. When the younger brother realized his Unity with the father, he, once again, shared in his father’s abundance.
The older brother, however, became angry and told his father, “Look, all these years I served you and not once did I disobey your orders, yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends. But when your son returns, who swallowed up your property with prostitutes, for him you slaughter the fattened calf.” (Luke 15:28-30)
Although the older brother was always home with the father, he did not share in his father’s abundance because he did not realize his Unity with his father. The father told the older brother, “My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours.” (Luke 15:31)
The older brother, although he stayed with his father, was really the “prodigal son” at heart. Not realizing his unity with the father, he was experiencing “lack” in the midst of his father's wealth. He could have had a fattened calf, a ring, and a robe, if he asked for it.
God, the Father, is always with you and all that is His is yours. Listen to what He says. “My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours.” (Luke 15:31)
All you have to do to share in your Father’s abundance is ask for it. Like the older brother, you are a “prodigal” at heart. Although you are always with the Father and united with the Father, you chose to live in the “far country” by going out from a sense of oneness with the Father.
When are you going to come home and claim your inheritance?
What happens when you lose your sense of oneness with the Father? You cut yourself off from the inheritance of your Father’s abundant Kingdom and you begin to experience lack and illness. Confused, you will try to look for your Father in rituals and superstitions. Frustrated, you will pray in a manner that attempts to coax a miracle from a reluctant Father. Lonely, you will pray in tones that remind the Father that he is, supposed to be, Almighty. You will be urging Him to come and help you “flip the switch” to erase the darkness around you. Like the fish in the ocean that is looking for water and dies of thirst, you will die poor and ill swimming in an ocean of abundance in your Father’s Kingdom. The truth is: “You and the Father are one. Everything that the Father has is yours.”
Say with full candor the following affirmations:kingdom
I begin this day realizing that the Father and I are one.
I am heir to God’s abundant Kingdom and I claim my rightful inheritance now, for it is the Father’s good pleasure to give me His Kingdom. Amen.
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