For years I have not seen Mr. Whiskers on a counter top or table, but his friends caught him in the act. They have proof. My boy helped himself to the food on their kitchen counter that was measured out for their two house buddies. He does not wait for an invitation. In his cat world it's simple. He sees something he wants and he takes it.
Cats scoff things they have no right to. God's children do not take things to which they have every right. In Christ's teaching of the prodigal son, the elder brother complained that he worked faithfully and was never given anything. Duh... Everything his father owned was his. (Luke 15:29-31)
Peter says God has given followers of the Lord Jesus everything we need for life. (2 Peter 1:3) Father God longs for us to be parTAKERS of all He has provided. When we receive Jesus as Lord, the One who is love lives within us. We can know we are loved. The One who died for our sins is on the inside. We can know we are forgiven. The One who was whipped for our healing dwells in us. We can know health is ours. And the list continues...
Joshua asked God's people when they would get around to taking what was theirs.(Joshua 18:3) Caleb had no problem. He demanded that Joshua give him the mountain he'd been promised.(Joshua 14:12) He claimed it and he took it.
Because he's mine Mr. Whiskers does have rights and privileges in our home. These don't begin to compare with those of God's children. Mr. W. is not a good example. We need to be like Caleb. We can learn what is ours, declare ownership and receive the promises. Father God loves to see His own step into their inheritance.