—Ephesians 1: 18-19
There was a very wealthy man who had a passion for collecting art. He and his Son traveled the world extensively, in pursuit of the finest art pieces available. He had Priceless works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet and many others that adorned the walls of His family estate. The widowed father looked on with satisfaction as his only child became an experienced art collector himself. It Looked like he was going to follow in his father's footsteps.
Well when his son had come of age, the nation became engulfed in war, and the man's Son was called to serve his country. It seemed like only a few short weeks, before his father received word his beloved son was killed in action…trying to save a friend. The father was heartbroken.
The following Christmas, there was a knock at the door, and as the father opened the door, he was greeted by a soldier with a large package in his hand. He introduced himself saying, “I was a friend of your son. I was the one he was rescuing when he was killed. May I come in for a few moments? I have something to show you. "Your son told me that you loved art, well, I’m a bit of an artist myself” said the soldier, “and I want to give you this.” As the old man unwrapped the package, he found a portrait the young man had rendered of his son. He was able to capture in great detail His sons features and personality. It was a beautiful work. It became the fathers most treasured piece.
The following spring, the Father became ill and passed away. The art world was eager with anticipation about the day his art collection would come to auction.
The day soon arrived, and art collectors from around the world gathered to bid on the father's art collection.
The auction began with a painting that was not on the bidding list. It was the painting of the man’s son. The auctioneer asked, what do I hear for an opening bid. The room was silent. “Who will open the bidding at $100?” he asked. Minutes passed with not a sound from those who stood in the audience.. From the back of the room someone callously called out, “Who cares about that painting? Let’s forget it and move on to more important paintings.” There were other voices which echoed in agreement. But the auctioneer replied, “No, according to the Will….we have to sell this painting first. Now, who will take the son?” Finally, a friend of the father spoke. “I knew the boy, so I’d like to have it. I will give you a $100.” “I have a bid for $100,” called the auctioneer. “Will anyone go higher?” After a long silence, the auctioneer said, “Going once. Going twice… SOLD.” The gavel fell. Cheers filled the room and someone was heard to say, “Now we can get on with it!” it was just Then, the auctioneer looked at the audience and announced the auction was over! Everyone in the room was stunned. Someone spoke up and asked, “What do you mean it’s over? We didn’t come here to purchase a picture of the mans son, we came here for the other paintings? The auctioneer replied, “It’s very simple. According to the will of the father, whoever takes the son... gets it ALL.”
This is a great story that illustrates the truth of what Paul is saying in Ephesians 1.. It is the will of the God the Father, that whoever takes the Son… gets it all!