Rev. Roman & Pat Kozak
Pastors of Church in the Park
White Rock, BC
Office Telephone: 778-294-4040
Each month Pastor Roman Kozak provides Sunday Line & World Ministries supporters with a short devotional. Pastors Roman and Pat Kozak lead the congregatin of Church in the Park in White Rock, BC. The church holds Sunday Services at 10 am at White Rock Community Centre, 15154 Russell Avenue, White Rock, BC. Church in the Park is affiliated with Sunday Line Communications Society. Pastors Roman and Pat serve as Vice President/Treasurer and Director on the Sunday Line & World Ministries Board.
"Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.'"
Have you ever tried to impress someone by trying to be something that you are not? Perhaps it was a friend, an employer, a work mate or someone else . . . if we are honest with ourselves, we can all say that we have all at one time or another tried to impress someone by trying to be somebody else. Don't feel bad because it's just part of our fallen human nature.
In England, there is a British comedy called "Keeping Up Appearances" which is a program about a lady who likes to pretend that she is someone really important. Her name is Mrs. Hyacinth Bucket. She, however, doesn't like her name because "Bucket" has a common meaning and so, to make her name sound more important, she pronounces it with a French accent as "Bouquet". She makes sure that everyone, including her postman and milkman, pronounce her name as "Bouquet" even though her name really is Bucket.
Mrs. Bucket's husband, Richard, is a very meek and gentle man who doesn't like to pretend that they are someone else. In her attempt to impress people she always ends up getting herself in trouble and by the end of each program she always finds herself being humiliated. Someone once said: "You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time." Sooner or later you will get found out.
The parable of the Prodigal Son is a story about someone who wasn't happy to be in his father's house. He wanted to be free to experience what the rest of world had to offer him.
This parable could also easily apply to some churches who want to be someone else. They become theatre-centered; on Sunday mornings they sing about God but during the rest of the week they live like the world. They have dethroned Jesus as the Head of the Church and replaced Him with what the world has to offer.
In the story of the Prodigal Son we see that after the prodigal had spent all his money no one cared for him. The young man decided to return home because even a servant's life was better in his father's house. The parable ends with the father gladly welcoming his son back home and ordering a feast to celebrate the son's return.
In the same way, Jesus tells the prodigal church in the book of Revelation to return back to Him. The story of the Prodigal is what comes to those who try living life outside of the Father's House. They soon discover that there is nothing which lasts.
This month I want us to consider what it means to live inside the Father's House.
Once again, let us carefully read our key scripture verse found in Matthew 25:34: "Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.'"
If you are inside the Father's House Jesus says you are blessed! Here are 10 reasons why you should consider yourself blessed:
Unlike Mrs. Bucket, who pretends to be someone important, God already considers you important just the way you are. When you are in the Father's House all heaven celebrates with you.
In closing, this month we have looked at some of the many blessings of living in the Father's House. Remember that in God's eyes, you are important! You don't have to be like Mrs. Bucket to impress God. To God you are already important. He loves you just the way you are. The door to the Father's House is always open to receive those who are willing to say yes to the invitation to come.
Aren't you glad to have said YES!