Yesterday morning before school, i flipped my Bible open to Luke 15:22. The story of the prodigal son. it’s a very very good story that depicts our situation perfectly. We have a perfect situation, a Father, heaven, everything we could want we got. Then, we say to God,” Hey. i know You have provided everything, i know that You can satisfy everything i want, and i know Your better than anything i could want, but i’m gonna do my own thing, go my own way, and disrespect You in the process. the son says to the father give me my inheritance early so i can leave you and do my own thing. Sounds familiar right?By the way, if you ask for your inheritance early, basically what that means is your saying to your parent, “your as good as good as dead to me, i don’t want nothing to do with you, i’m gonna do my own thing.” dang. that’s pretty disrespectful. we suck. we are wrong.
Next what what happens is the son takes his inheritance, squanders it on prostitutes and partying, and ends up in a pig’s pen trying to get some of their food. That is us. when we go our own way and wonder from God, we end up like the son. so then the son says hey, my fathers servants have better living than i, so i will go back, ask him to be a servant, and live as one. so that’s what he does. on his way home, his father sees him. the Father sees his son who has rejected him, and his heart bursts with love and compassion at the sight of his son coming home. the Father races to his son and hugs him and kisses him. The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ but you know what the father says to his son who has rejected, disrespected, and hurt him? ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
wow. what a beautiful picture of the Gospel. That God puts a ring upon our finger, meaning that He now owns us, and rejoices so much he kills a fattened calf and throws a party for him. how much more does God rejoice over us coming home, than an earthly father? His love is truly better than life. Today, remember the compassion Christ has had on us, and thank Him with all your heart, He is worthy of it.