One of the greatest bible stories told by Jesus Christ has to be the story of the prodigal son in my opinion. It’s a story that shows how deep God’s love is for us. There are so many lessons to be learnt in it.
In this story (See Luke 15:11-32), we see a son who demands that his dad gives him his inheritance before he dies. We aren’t told if there was a conversation between them both as to why he wanted his inheritance while his dad was still alive. As the story goes, his dad gave him his portion.
What the son did afterwards is similar to what we have done at some point in our lives. He took his inheritance and turned his back on his dad. He moved away from his source. He forgot that his resources is only guaranteed so long he is attached and connected to his source. No matter how deep a well is, it will get dried up someday if you keep drawing water but never filling up the well.
Your resources is guaranteed so long you are attached and connected to your Source
He went to a far away country. Sin takes us far away from God. It causes separation between us and God.
This guy became the talk of the town. He was living life so to speak. He had the money to do whatever he wanted. But not for long. The money well dried up after he had squandered his wealth. Soon this guy who was the richest boy in town became poor to the point of him not being able to feed. He managed to get a job which didn’t sound like it paid well because despite him working, things didn’t get better.
Can you see the contrast? From grace to grass indeed.
There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. Proverbs 14:12
What happens to most of us in life happened to him too. You know when we hit rock bottom, that is when we remember that there is a God who we should have listened to before we embarked on that “i know it all” journey. He remembered the comfort of home and decided to go back to his father. He thought of what to say, how to say it and when to say it. He had his script well written. Memorized his lines and made his way home.
The interesting part of the story is the reaction of his dad. Luke 15:20 says, but when his father saw him afar off, he ran toward him. This makes me believe that his father was looking forward to seeing him. He was expecting him to come back home. He wasn’t comfortable going on with life as usual when his son wasn’t with him. He was longing for his son’s return.
His dad represents God. God doesn’t write us off when we stray away. He is longing to see us coming home so He can ran towards us. You might be reading this and thinking you have blown your chances. You might have excluded yourself from having another go. You might be feeling like a failure. I have been there and i know what that feels like. But i want to remind you today that God’s love for you has never changed. His love for you in your highest is same is it is in your lowest. His love for us doesn’t change based on our actions. He is looking and waiting eagerly for you to come back to Him. He will not cast you out. He won’t push you away. He is loving. He will forgive you. He will wrap His arms around you and give you a warm blanket to shield you from the cold. Don’t believe the lies of the devil. God has not forgotten about you. He still loves you.
You might not be the prodigal son. Maybe you can relate more with the other son who stayed back with his father and complained of not having same treatment from his dad. He was living in a house of plenty but he didn’t utilise what he had. He was waiting for his dad to kill a ram for him when he had access to the rams himself. He was living in a kind of slavery which he has put himself into.
Have you enslaved yourself mentally? Are you fully enjoying the benefits that flows from your Heavenly Father? Are you trying to survive on the bare minimum when He has given you full access to everything in His kingdom?
“My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me…… ” Hosea 4:6
Do you know God? Do you understand your heritage in Christ? Stop living like a slave when you are a heir to the throne. Don’t allow any barrier to come between you and God. Don’t allow the devil sell ideas that aren’t true to you. There is so much for us to enjoy. We have full access to the throne of God through the death of Jesus Christ.
So, come and join the feast and enjoy. You are wanted. You are on the honours list too. God loves you too!!! 🙂