An old man and his beloved son lived together in a beautiful home. Their home was adorned with priceless paintings that would fetch millions of dollars. They hosted paintings from some of the most famous painters in history—Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Georgia O’Keefe, and many others. The man and his son had a great love for these paintings and they would sit around the house admiring these priceless works of art on a daily basis.
One spring day, the son was drafted by their nation’s military. While the father would miss his son, he was very proud of him. Early in December, the father received word from the military that his son had died serving his country. Additional words came that the Enemy had killed his son as he rescued men from the front line. His life was given for the lives of his comrades.
One day shortly before Christmas, as the father was sitting in the living room flanked by his priceless array of paintings, he began to weep. The father knew he would never again be with his son and they would never celebrate Christmas together again.
Later, there was a knock at the door. As the father opened the door, a tall slender young man stood at the doorway. The young man introduced himself as one of his son’s military friends. The father invited the young man in and noticed the young man carrying a rather large, wrapped package. As the father and the young man were enjoying a cup of tea, the visitor told the father that he was one of the survivors his son had given his life for.
The young man added, “As a matter a fact, your son saved multiple lives; his life was not given in vain. I brought this gift for you in remembrance of your son. I am a painter and a great lover of art, and your son shared that you both loved art.”
As the father opened the package, it revealed a stunning painting of his son’s face. The likeness was striking. The young man told the father that he was not the best painter, but that his son meant everything to him.
The father commented, “This painting is glorious, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. This means everything to me, and I will display it with love and honor.”
As the father and the young man finished their time together, and after an emotional goodbye, the father placed the painting of his son in the most prominent place in the house. He removed the most valuable and famous of the paintings from above the fireplace and hung the painting of his son there instead. This was now his most prized painting.
Shortly after the first of the year, the father took ill and passed away. Art collectors from all over the world were eager because the man had no other heirs and these priceless works of art would now be auctioned off. Art dealers from around the world were ecstatic.
The day of the auction finally arrived, and the auction room was full of buzz. Finally these art collectors would have opportunity to bid on these fine works of art.
As the auction began, the auctioneer lifted up the first piece of art to be bid on. All of the art collectors realized that this was not one of the famous pieces.
Someone in the crowd shouted out, “What is this painting? What is this? This is not what we have come to bid on!”
The auctioneer moved out onto the auction floor and replied:
“Who will bid on this piece of art?”
There was no response.
The auctioneer repeated, “Who will bid on this piece of art?”
The auctioneer continued, “Who will give $100.00 for this piece of art?”
Still there was no response.
The auctioneer stated, “Who will give me $75.00?”
Still, there was no response.
The auctioneer was stunned but said, “Who will give me $50.00?”
The crowd was stirring with wonderment.
Then a shout from the crowd came, “Why this painting first?”
Finally someone in the crowd shouted out “I know who the subject of that painting is. That is the owner’s son who died in the war.”
All of the art collectors were stunned and remained silent for a few moments.
The man who recognized the painting shouted out, “I only have $10.00 for the painting, will you take that?”
The auctioneer shouted, “Will anyone go higher?” The auctioneer waited a moment before he said, “Going once. Going twice. Sold to this man for $10.00.”
Then the auctioneer calmly stated: “The auction is now over.”
Bellows could be heard throughout the auction hall.
“Hey! We did not come here to purchase some cheap painting!”
Others clamored: “There are millions of dollars of paintings yet to be auctioned! What do you mean the auction is now over?”
The auctioneer replied: “It’s simple. According to the father’s will, whoever takes the portrait of the son, gets it all!”
My friend, if you have received Jesus’ eternal love for you and have been redeemed, then you get it all.
WE GET IT ALL
God believes in you so much that you get the entire kingdom because you are His beloved sons and daughters. He has seated you in heavenly places. He has placed you at His banqueting table. All of the gifts are resident at the banqueting table: all the anointing, power, and strength of heaven are there. There is hope, purpose for life, water that will fill your thirst, and eternal food that will sustain you; in fact, the entire kingdom of God is resident at His banqueting table, causing you to live lighter today!