The Street Urchin
It gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom (Luke 12:32).
Can you imagine a lowly street urchin striking it rich?
The story is told of a very wealthy man who took compassion on a street urchin whose parents were dead. The boy was homeless.
The wealthy man asked his servants to bring the boy, grimy with dirt, into his palatial home. They bathed him and cared for him, and over a period of time
the man began to love the boy as much as he would his own son.
Ultimately, the rich man loved the boy so much that he made the boy an heir of his estate so that all he possessed would one day fall into his hands and become his own property. This was all because this benevolent and loving man cared enough to adopt him.
The little boy did nothing to deserve it. He was just his little dirty self. But because of the rich man's great love, and as a free gift, the street urchin became rich.
Isn't that just like our heavenly Father? We are less than street urchins in all the grandeur and magnificence of the universe. I like to say that in myself, I am nothing but a termite on a speck of a planet, in a speck of a solar system, in a speck of a galaxy (one of more than 100 billion, according to the Hubble telescope finding), in the vastness of creation.
But amazingly, as lowly as we are in our human selves, our heavenly Father, who is love personified, looked upon us with His great compassionate heart, then He sent His Son to redeem us.
"In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will -- to the praise of his glorious grace" (Ephesians 1:4-5, NIV).
We are not only adopted into this Royal family, but like the street urchin, "We are heirs -- heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory" (Romans 8:17, NIV).
Sharing in His sufferings does not mean that we have to suffer on a wooden cross. Jesus did that once for all and it never has to be done again. But like the apostle Paul, we must "die every day" to self, that he might be glorified in us (1 Corinthians 15:31).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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