His Grace Is Sufficient
God’s grace is always sufficient for His sons. He had you in mind before you ever entered this world. His love as a father extends far beyond just blessing your socks off. He wants you to become a carbon copy of Himself in every way, not just in material possessions, but fervently in character as well. Unfortunately, many believers have focused on being identified as sons of God for the material benefits of such a privileged status without understanding that these benefits are just by products of our relationship with Him. Too often we become so enamored with possessing the material benefits or by products, that we miss the most important goal of God desiring our character to be an express image of His character. Yet, we cannot become the express image of God without understanding the reality of the struggles that are prevalent in our own lives. These are not just struggles from without, but the greatest of the struggles come from within because the struggles from within involve our own will, desires, and attitude, which usually present a rebellious nature. It is this nature that demands a father to release a constant flow of grace into the life of a son. Without the extension of this grace, a son would never be able to reach his greatest potential. As a father recognizes the strengths and weaknesses in his child, he is able to establish the necessary perimeters and boundaries of discipline to ensure proper development. Unfortunately, these very perimeters and boundaries tend to generate intense conflict with the rebellious nature of a son.  He is willing to accept the idea of reaching his greatest potential but easily rejects the discipline that is connected to it. Recognizing that the discipline originates from the father usually causes the son to view the father as a stringent task master lacking compassion.  However, the actions of a father will always be directed towards the best interest of his child. There is a continuous struggle for independence where it relates to a son and a strong display of grace in connection to a father. 
“But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” (Romans 5:20)
A father’s grace is the very key to a son’s acquisition of his inheritance. 
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (II Corinthians 12:9) 
The word grace is the Greek word “charis” which means the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; benefit, favor, gift. It is because the father is the only person who has the capacity to relinquish what legally belongs to him into the hands of his son. Therefore, the connection between father and son is essential to establishing and securing this inheritance.
Let us take a closer look at this through the story of the Prodigal Son.  We have a father who has literally built an empire from the ground. He is a man of integrity no doubt and surely making preparation for his sons to follow in his footsteps. Hoping for the day when they would be responsible enough to take control of the empire.  He was able to provide them with a sumptuous lifestyle so they had no acquaintance with lack. They had access to all that belonged to their father. Being sons in their father’s empire would have afforded them a certain degree of liberty and authority. As a father, I imagine there was no limit to his love and grace toward his sons.
However, as a CEO of his own empire, he also knew the advantage of hard work and the importance of discipline in life. It is this hard work and discipline that was found to be offensive to the younger son. He was not fond of strenuous labor for an inheritance that he felt was guaranteed to him by his father.  Neither was he content with not being able to socialize and have a good time with his friends. He wanted a different kind of liberty than what his father offered him.  The rules of the house proved to be in opposition to all of his plans and desires.  There was only one thing left to do now- request the inheritance that his father had promised him and make a new life for him. I believe he felt that by leaving his father’s house he could find an easy route to freedom and enjoy the kind of success he so earnestly desired. He was not interested in the responsibilities that involved overseeing his father’s empire. His idea of success was having plenty of friends, fun, and freedom. Reluctantly, his father agreed and gave him the portion of inheritance that was promised. I can also imagine his heart grieved to the point of despair seeing his son make such a foolish decision regarding his own life. However, the heart of a father is never oppressive so he would not force him to stay. Rejecting the discipline and boundaries established in his life through his father did not prove beneficial for him. The unrestrained lifestyle that he had chosen soon robbed him of everything that he possessed.
“And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.”
(Luke 15:13)
He found himself in the worst state imaginable, having degraded himself to that of a domesticated animal for daily survival.
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.” (Luke 15: 14-16)
Eventually realizing what a foolish mistake he had made in abandoning such a secure lifestyle with his father in exchange for a fleeting moment of self- satisfaction, prompted him to examine himself.
“And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!” (Luke 15:17)
He recognized his rebelliousness towards all that his father had desired to establish in his life. His decisions for his own life had proven to be imprudent and detrimental in all aspects. It is at this point that his desire for himself now became identical to the desire his father had always intended for him. To be in a place of acceptance, connection, and direction that would establish his legal inheritance had become his primary objective. But this desire could never become reality without him being reconciled to his father. Therefore, he knew the first progressive step he needed to take was that of humility.  He would have to return exposed to his father and acknowledging that his rambunctious lifestyle was of no value.
“I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.” (Luke 15:18-19)
I imagine he even rehearsed in his mind the very conversation that he would have with his father as he pleaded for forgiveness and acceptance. It was an extremely humiliating predicament, but the son was prepared to do whatever it took in order to be justified in the sight of his father.
Expecting to be regarded in disdain as he approached the home of his father, the son was astonished at the response that awaited him. Instead of rejection his father received him with open arms. 
“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.” (Luke 15:20) 
The son had anticipated that his father would be discreet in his dealings with him. Much to his amazement, his father transformed his most repulsive incidence of disgrace into his ultimate acquisition of honor.  The son was adorned with the finest robe, shoes, and ring to signify that his royal status had been restored and there was a grand banquet held in honor of the son. 
“But 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: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.” (Luke 15:22-24)
Yet there was only one problem. The elder son, who had remained loyal to the father all of his life, was infuriated by what had taken place.  He had no reservations with the father forgiving the younger son, but restoring him to his previous status and giving him equality of inheritance did not seem justifiable. 
“And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.” (Luke 15:29-30)
After all, the elder son had dedicated his entire life to his father.  Now the heart of the father is made manifest in how he handles the situation with the elder son.  Instead of scolding him, he began to encourage him as only a father could do.  He acknowledged how pleased he had been in the faithfulness of the elder son throughout the years. His obedience to the discipline and perimeters that the father had placed in his life had not gone unnoticed. The son had remained connected to the father which secured his inheritance. Therefore, he was reminded that his inheritance was phenomenal by any standard. He would legally and emphatically receive the father’s empire.
“And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.” (Luke 15:31)  
He was able to bring assurance and comfort to the heart of his elder son regarding his inheritance. By so doing, he now had the opportunity to speak his heart’s desire concerning his younger son.  As he conferred with his elder son, he expressed the pain and anguish he endured when his younger son left home. It had nothing to do with the inheritance that his elder son feared that he would now have to share with his younger brother.  His father’s concern was restoring the broken relationship with his son. He had lost all hope of ever seeing him again. It was as if his son had physically died in his mind, but now was restored to him again.  His hope had been revived and his son was alive. 
“It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.” (Luke 15:32) 
            The story of the Prodigal Son reveals the inexhaustible grace of a father for his son. It is through the grace expressed in this story that we are able to comprehend the extent of God’s grace operating in our lives to establish us in our purpose and destiny. We begin to see the importance of forgiveness and acceptance that derives from a father. Forgiveness begins with your ability to live honest, not your ability to live perfect.  God does not measure forgiveness according to the severity of your sin, but according to the transparency of your heart.  Forgiveness does not stop someone else from causing pain; it just stops you from having to live with it.  The necessity of relationship and the appointment of destiny are interwoven in grace. It is the relationship that will ultimately lead us to the appointment!

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