As sons of God we are responsible to Father for the quality of our sonship. In the story of the prodigal son, the son comes all the way home to the embrace of His Father. But what if the son had only come half way home or seven eighths of the way home? He would not be home. He would be like a man who stopped at Ulmarra when his Dad lived in Grafton.
While others may play a part in the quality of the Kingdom Life we enjoy it is our responsibility and our choice to eat a banquet rather than rations. Why drink from a glass half full when what it yours is a full glass? Some people are done out of their inheritance because they trusted people who propagated a lie. Others never get to the fullness that is theirs because they do not ‘seize the day.’ Rather the day they were born in put its tentacles about them and suffocates their life. We can eat from a lesser table out of passivity or laziness.
Scott Peck observes, “Whenever we seek to avoid the responsibility for our own behavior, we do so by attempting to give that responsibility to some other individual or organization or entity. But this means we then give away our power to that entity.”
(1) M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Travelled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth]