I love the story of the prodigal son. I assume you do too. If you are reading this and have no clue what it¹ is, it is a story found in the Bible. Here is a link. Read up, then come back and join us.
If you are anything like me, you love the idea of the prodigal son but maybe you can’t totally relate. How many of us have had our father give us riches, which we in turn squandered? How many of us have blown our inheritance and slept with pigs? I know I haven’t. That is until I recently realized something: I do it. Every. Single. Day. Seriously, I do it every day. Every day God gives me my inheritance of riches(His grace²) and every day I squander it and sleep with the pigs(my sin.) The imagery conjured up in Luke is beautiful and moving. The son: nervous, ashamed, hurt, crying, filled with self-hatred. The father: open arms, crying, running to his long lost son.
Maybe you haven’t prayed in a week, a month, or a year. Maybe you haven’t been to church in a while. Maybe you have prayed and been to church but you haven’t spent any time in quiet with your Father. Maybe you have a porn addiction that has replaced God in your life. Maybe you are nervous, ashamed, hurt, crying and filled with self-hatred. If so, please understand this much: God doesn’t care.³ No matter what you have been up to, when you say, “God, I want to come back,” God is pumped. He has his arms open wide, He is running out to meet you with a gigantic smile on His face.
The moment I grow in my understanding of God’s grace a new question arises: Are my arms open wide to my offenders? I challenge you to ask yourself that question if you have come to terms with God’s grace. Until then, swallow your pride, turn around and run back to God’s open arms. He is waiting, not mad, but thinking, “At last.”
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1. By story I don’t mean fiction. Don’t get it twisted. The Bible is 100 percent valid and historically accurate. This is Jesus teaching by using a story.
2. His mercies are new everyday. (Lam. 3:22
3. of course God isn’t cool with sin, hurt, self-hatred etc. But He is pumped that you are turning away from it. He casts our sin into a “sea of forgetfulness”. (Micah 7:9, Hebrews 8:12, Psalm 103:12)
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