Read Luke 15:11-32
“So he got up and went to his father. But while the son was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him.” – Luke 15:20
To some extinct, we are all prodigal sons and daughters of God. We have fallen short of His glory and walked away from Him to live life by our own terms. We were all lost, living a riotous life, partying too much, drinking too much, hung out in all the wrong places such as clubs and bars. We were craving for what the world had to offer. Everything out there seemed better. Indeed, doesn’t the grass always seem greener on the other side?
Like the prodigal son, we wasted our livelihood or inheritance on things of no value, much less eternal value. Though what we squandered may not have all been monetary, we certainly wasted the blessed teachings of our parents. Instead of proudly holding on to them, we could not wait to get away from what seemed like shackles around our ankles. If only we had known better one may think. The truth is, we did. Unfortunately, it did not stop us from running away from our first love.
But thank God who never leaves us and never gives up on us. Even while we are dead in our sins, He finds a way to reach us, to open our eyes so that one-day we finally come to our senses.
“After he had spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he had nothing. Then he went to work for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. He longed to eat his fill from the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one would give him anything. When he came to his senses, he said,’ How many of my father’s hired workers have more than enough food, and here I am dying of hunger!” – Luke 15:14-17 CSB
As if that were not enough, when we finally come to the end of ourselves, humble enough to walk back home to the Father as did the prodigal son, He does not just sit back and wait. Rather, His heart is filled with compassion as He has been waiting, carefully searching and watching for us. He runs to meet us, greet us and embrace us.
If you’ve ever been a prodigal, I am sure that like me, you remember how it felt like when you finally realized you were lost and needed rescue. Even more, you surely have not forgotten the ocean of grateful tears you poured when your heavenly Father welcomed you back in His arms. This is a moment that we should always keep in the forefront of our minds. Like the prodigal son, sin had made us feel unworthy to approach the Father. Still, the father shouts with joy “bring the best robe… kill the fattened calf because this child of mine was dead and is alive again, my child was lost and is found!” Oh, what amazing love and grace!
Friend, if you were ever a prodigal child, I invite you to remember how sweet it was to come back to your first love even if you came back bitten, fainted heart and broken. However, if you have not found your way home yet, God wants you to know that He still loves you and cannot wait to sweetly embrace you. He has not and will not give up on you. For as long as it takes, He will patiently wait for you to come to your senses but don’t waste time, tomorrow is not promised. When you finally decide to start walking towards home, do not be surprised to find the Father jumping and throwing His arms around your neck. On that day, all of Heaven will rejoice over you and celebrate because you were once lost but then you will be found. So it is, there is “joy in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents”. (verse 10)
So friend, if you have not made it home yet, it is not too late and you are not unworthy of God’s love. So start walking, God will meet you on the way and wrap you in His robe of love, forgiveness, and righteousness.
How amazing is your love! When I was a lost sheep, you left all just to come and rescue me. When I ran away from you, though others may have given up on me, you never did. You waited, waited patiently. Thank you for forgiving and welcoming me back in your arms. Thank you for being my first love again. Lord, I give myself away to you. I am yours and my heart belongs to you. Finally, Father, what you did for me, please do also for all your prodigal sons and daughters in the world for your name’s sake.
In Jesus’ wonderful name,
Psalms 40:2-3 (The Passion Translation)