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2 POIÊMA, GOD’S WORKMANSHIP his parents. Despite his lifestyle, they graciously forgave him and showered him with much loving-kindness. With much patience, they sat him down to instil proper value system and attitudes in him, but he brushed them off as “being detached from reality”. He sneered whenever the parents explained to him the family’s heritage over the last 500 years, and implored him to continue building on their legacy; he despised their discipline; he retorted that unconditional love meant unconditional freedom and unmerited favour for him to pursue his own dreams, free from the burdensome yoke of do's and don'ts. Even when his fellow adopted sibling tried to explain to him the benevolence and kind intentions of their parents, and how worthy they were of their trust and obedience, he dismissed it as brainwashing. Eventually, everyone agreed to live and let live in order to preserve the harmony of the family. One night, when he came home after carousing, he found the parents at the door saying to him, “Depart from us, for we do not know you, and neither do you know us. You have been enlightened; you have tasted the heavenly gift and the good word we have for you; and you have partaken of the inheritance and its power. You have been adopted, yet we have treated you as a son. We have given you everything in liberality, yet you have fallen away from us. We would have entrusted true riches into your hands had you been faithful and honourable to us, but you insisted on living by your own perversity. Do not trample on our good work in the city and put us to open shame again and again. Go and live as you please. Do not return; for we have erased you from all of our official documents.” Matthew 7:21-23 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART
INTRODUCTION 3 FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ What can we learn from this Parable of the Adopted Son? While we can list a number of principles from the parable, one observation is that the adopted son could have been a great “workmanship” of the parents had he set himself apart from the perverseness of his generation, and chose instead to construct his life around the will and good pleasure of his parents, and submitted wholeheartedly to their wise counsel. POIÊMA, GOD’S WORKMANSHIP A masterpiece displays the mastery of the Master. What do you define to be a masterpiece? Is it the statue of David sculpted by Michelangelo? Or Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo da Vinci? Or Canon in D Major composed by Johann Pachelbel? Or Sagrada Familia designed by Antoni Gaudi? Or yourself crafted by God in the image and likeness of His perfect Son? Philippians 2:13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Every masterpiece is created by a master or maestro, whether a sculpture, a painting, or a piece of classical music. The masterpiece is the definitive expression of the master; it is created at the good pleasure, and for the good pleasure, of the master; it is the glory and honour of the master. When the world sees or hears the masterpiece, the world will recognise the master who created it, feel his heartbeat throughout his creative process, and honour him for his master craftsmanship.
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