Hi there, David here.
Early this week Rob reflected on the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32).
Like Rob, after sharing this story with 80 young people over Easter I was also struck afresh by the power of the story that Jesus tells and the parallel to the Easter Story . It’s not just about one lost son. It’s about two sons, neither of whom trusted in the goodness and love of their father. One left and the other stayed but both were far from home.
It is possible to be a genuine son or daughter of the God and be spiritually alive and be lost through sin at the very same time. We can turn our backs on God and leave him of our own free will. This will inevitably land us in a far worse state than we were in originally.
I’ll be waiting I may be young or old and grey
Counting the days
But I’ll be waiting
And when I finally see you come
I’ll run when I see you
I’ll meet you.
~ Amy Grant (The Prodigal)
We can, however, return to God and be accepted by him with great joy. In fact, he is ready and eager to accept us back and forgive us, no matter what we’ve done. Christians who have never fallen (or more accurately, think they have never fallen) should not resent those who come back. They should share in their Father’s joy. Their own place is secure and their heavenly reward is not threatened. God loves them just as much as he loves those who come back through a dramatic conversion.
Some questions for you to reflect on:
- Who are you in this story?
- What resonates with you the most in this story?
- Have you come home?
- If you are still away, why?
- Do you know the love that this Father shows?
- If not, how can you seek this from God?
- What do you need to do next?
May you my brothers and sisters know that God is always happy to see you back and return to him. May you know the joy of coming home, coming alive, and being at peace with God in your own walk of life this week.