Take Your Inheritance Now!

by Lester Young

Today, let’s talk again about [drum roll…] ‘the prodigal son’ (Luke 15:11-32). No, I’m not picking on that boy; it’s just that there are a whole lot of different things we can learn from that story simply by examining it from different angles.

Now, we pretty much can all agree that this kid had quite a bit of starch in his shorts to even ask his father for his inheritance in the first place…now…while the man was still alive and presumably in good health (verse 12). I mean, what would you imagine the response to be if you went up to your dad and said, “Hey, Pop; you know I love you and everything, but you’re kinda taking too long to die…can I just have right now the stuff your will says I’m going to get?” I would think that after picking himself up from off the floor over a fit of convulsive laughter and/or gingerly removing his hands from around your neck, he’d calmly walk over to your mother and remark, “Gladys, there’s something seriously wrong with your child.”

But notice that this father didn’t do any of those things. We can deduce by the tone of the parable that when presented with such a brazen demand the man didn’t even raise an eyebrow (verse 12). Scripture suggests that he didn’t recoil in a hurt or insulted manner; in fact, he didn’t react any way at all. He just summarily gave the kid (and his other son too, by the way) what was already designated, and that was that. He didn’t rebuke his son’s audacity, not in the least. No “Boy, are you crazy?” No “Just who do you think you are?!” No nothing – not a peep. Keep in mind that the father’s reaction to his son’s shameless request is of paramount importance here.

I think we’re all aware that the father in this parable represents our Father in heaven; and the sons, both younger and older – in various aspects and during various times – represent each of us. Recall now, if you will, another ‘red-letter’ parable, the one about the man whose friend came over and started beating on his door at midnight to borrow some food (Luke 11:5-8). Remember the outcome? The Lord Jesus said, “I tell you, although he will not get up and supply him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his shameless persistence and insistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs” (verse 8). So we find that the man got what he wanted because he shamelessly, brazenly asked for it! And that’s why Hebrews 4:16 directs us – indeed tells us, commands us – to come boldly to our Father’s throne of grace, and to take the mercy and grace He extends to us. (That word translated boldly is from the Greek word ‘parrhesia’, and it literally means ‘frankness, bluntness and all outspokenness,’ but it also carries a connotation of ‘assurance and confidence.’)

Our heavenly Father wants us to come to Him with all boldness, being fully confident and assured of His great love for us (Isaiah 54:9-10; John 3:16, 17:23). Just think about it: how would you feel if, when your child needed something, it took him or her the better part of a week to make his way over to you – because it took that long to cover the distance with all the groveling and cowering in fear going on – not trusting you or your love, that you’d give him anything much at all? Aside from wondering who dropped him on his head when you weren’t looking, somewhere deep inside you that lack of trust would hurt, wouldn’t it?

Ditto with God. He’s already said it’s His good pleasure to give us His Kingdom (Luke 12:32). And He’s declared this about a righteous man – that is, a man in right-standing with Himself; a man whose faith is in Jesus the Savior (Romans 3:22): his house (so he does indeed have one [John 14:2]) will be filled with much treasure (Psalm 112:3; Proverbs 15:6). Why? Because He loves His kids – even more than we love ours…and because it’s part of our inheritance under the Covenant, the New Testament (Luke 22:29; Romans 4:13, 8:17). Simply put, it comes with the Blessing (Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Proverbs 10:22; Galatians 3:13-14). God wants us to have instead of ‘have not.’ That’s why he put it in the Will, because His ‘will’ is for us to have it!

So don’t be concerned about your heavenly Father being put off or insulted by your asking for your inheritance now. After all, God’s Kingdom is already here, right now (Mark 1:15; Luke 17:21). There are no ‘time’ constraints in the spirit; it’s always ‘right now’ (Hebrews 11:1). Besides, there’s already been a death to ratify that Last Will and Testament (Luke 22:20). And don’t let the fact that Jesus miraculously came back to life trip you up either, as though that might somehow nullify His death and keep the Will from going into effect. No, that simply put Him in the unique position of having the ability to also be the Executor of His own Estate! (Hebrews 12:24)

You can freely begin to take your inheritance now, if you want it (Matthew 8:13; Mark 4:24; Luke 8:18) – the Father will gladly give it to you. He simply cautions you to not be a fool with it. (Proverbs 1:32; Mathew 6:24, 33).

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2 Comments to “Take Your Inheritance Now!”

  1. Great message, Lester! A lot to learn…

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