Insights from Bill Bright Devotionals

Daily reflections from the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ

The Beggar Meets His Father

You should behave instead like God's very own children, adopted into his family (Romans 8:15). 


Dear friends:
The story is told of a man who had begged on the streets for a living.  
One day he touched a man on the shoulder and said, "Hey, mister, can you give me a dime?"  (That was many years ago when a dime was worth much more than it is now.)
As soon as he saw the face of the man he had asked, he was shocked to discover that it was his own father!
He cried out, "Father, father, do you know me?"  
The father looked at him, then suddenly threw his arms around him and with tears in his eyes, said, "Oh, my son, at last I've found you!  I've found you!  You want a dime?  Everything I have is yours."  
The beggar said, "Think of it.  I was a tramp.  I stood begging my own father for ten cents, when for 18 years he had been looking for me to give me all he had."
What a wonderful illustration of the way God longs to treat us, if we will only let Him.  The story of the prodigal son in Luke 15 is also an illustration of how the Father feels toward us: "His father said to the servants, 'Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger, and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening in the pen. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found" (vs. 22-24, NLT).
How many people are going through life as spiritual beggars, unaware of their heavenly Father and His desire to bless them with all His riches?    
Jesus said these amazing words: "So don't be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom" Luke 12:32).
It makes God happy to give us the kingdom!  How profound.  This brings to mind Romans 8:15-17: "So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God's very own children, adopted into his family -- calling him 'Father, dear Father.'  For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God's children. And since we are his children, we will share his treasures -- for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering" (NLT).
People do not have to be spiritual beggars, for if they believe, "everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too."  
But let us not overlook that last sentence: "But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering."  That does not mean self-imposed suffering, or that we should seek suffering, but it means whatever may come our way as we live in a sinful world as a witness for Christ.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,

Bill Bright

The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit for more details

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