One day, the HOLY SPIRIT showed me something truly amazing:
First HE took me to the Parable of the Rich Man in Matthew 19 in which a rich man approaches JESUS and he asks what he can do to inherit Heaven and JESUS says ultimately for him to sell everything he owns and to follow JESUS–the rich man turns and walks away because he cannot walk away from his wealth to follow the LORD,
THEN NEXT the HOLY SPIRIT takes me to the Parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32 who demands to receive his inheritance from his father which he squanders on crazy living and ends up in worse shape than the pigs he is feeding–
he decides he can do better going home with his father’s servants than on a pig farm…so he goes home with a broken spirit repentant to GOD and his father–he is met on the road by his father who brings him a fine robe and a ring and throws him a party–
SO WHAT IS GOING ON?
In one Parable JESUS wants to take the wealth from the rich man and in the other Parable the son is getting the wealth back–
AND SO THE HOLY SPIRIT showed me by comparing these two Parables–that IT’S NOT ABOUT THE “STUFF” it’s about your HEART–
If you put the “STUFF” ON THE THRONE OF YOUR HEART INSTEAD OF GOD–THEN YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE “STUFF” AND YOU’D BETTER WALK AWAY FROM IT….