What do you do when you feel so far away from God that you are worried what will happen if you return? Do you feel as if you have done something so terrible that you are unworthy of a second chance? Do you think that you are unworthy of being forgiven? Do you think that because of your past you don’t deserve love or grace?
Luke 15:11-32 || The Parable of the Lost Son || This is my favorite parable in the bible because it is all centered around God’s love and longing to be with us. No matter how bad the son smelt like pigs and wore rags, the father still gave his son his finest robe, put a ring on his finger, and gave him sandals for his feet. Even though the son disobeyed the father, ran off with his inheritance, and part took in selfish and foolish activities, the father never stopped waiting for his son to come home.
We can all relate to the lost son in one way or another, along with the lost sheep and the lost coin. I think that is the reason why Jesus gives us this parable, so that we can see that we are not worthless and unwanted. Our FATHER is literally just waiting for us to run home to HIM. And when that time comes, he will have his arms stretched out ready to give you the biggest hug ever. Doesn’t that truth just bring a smile to your face? Doesn’t that promise just stir your heart up in faith and love for him? It does to mine and I hope it does to you as well.
Your past doesn’t define you. No matter how bad you messed up or think you have fallen. None of us have it together, but that doesn’t mean we can face our battles alone.