Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The Lost Son
When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servant have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.' So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
-- Luke 15:17-20
So many people don't understand that there is no 'good enough' for God. We can never be good enough. Our lives will never be worth acceptance from God. Praise the Lord that we are not good enough, because if we could be, why would we need God at all? Instead, He pursues us while we're still so far from perfection just like in the parable of the lost son. We don't have to be good enough because when we accept the saving grace of Jesus, his death pays for all of our sins. The father in the parable has been betrayed by his son. His son essentially told him that he'd rather have him dead, and he wants his inheritance now. He then goes and spends it all on immoral things. When the son decides it would be smarter for him to go back and at least be a servant in his father's home he starts on his way back. The father sees his from far away. Without the son ever saying a word his father runs to him without haste. He was so far away, but his father had been watching and waiting for him.
That is how God feels about each of us. He is watching and waiting for you to come home, and when he sees you on the very horizon of salvation, He will run to you and take you in as if you have never sinned against him once. How could you refuse a love like that?