When Gifts Outweigh Character

The story of the Prodigal Son, in Luke 15, opens with the following verses: “11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood.13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living”.

The son asked for his inheritance before it was due to him, and his story teaches us, that his character was of such a nature, that he was not able to steward the inheritance given him. Gifts, talents and treasures, both in the spirit and natural realm can be your ally when you are ready to steward them correctly. However, if we receive the manifestation of such before our character is sufficiently developed, they may just become a debilitating burden to us.

Sometimes, our Father withholds the manifestation of our inheritance from us, not to be cruel, but because He loves us. He is not so much concerned with what you or I will do with such a gift. He is more concerned with what the gift will do to us. Though we may prize such a gift; we are of greater value to Him than any gift.

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