We have all felt at some point in our lives that we were prodigal, I know I have. The word prodigal creates a nearly automatic response derived from the parable Jesus told of the lost son who spent his money recklessly in the world and then, destitute, comes running home to a Father who accepts His lost son back home. At church today we had an awesome sermon re-discovering the beautiful points of this well-known parable. Here's a couple of the points I loved all over again today:
- The state the son found himself in, was one of his own making, one where he had separated himself from his father. Just as our sinful state is of ours: "but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God" Isaiah 59:2; "A sinful state is a state of departure and distance from God... A sinful state is a spending state... a wanting state... a vile servile state" Henry Commentary.
- But all he had to do was admit his wrong and return to his father: "I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son." Luke 15:18,19. Just as all we need to do is to confess that we do have sin. That it exists in us. And that we need a saviour. And "if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" 1 John 1:9
- That when the prodigal went back to his Father, he didn't have to come all the way, because his Father came out to meet him. To give his a robe and welcome him home. In the same way, our heavenly Father is waiting for us to turn and realise our sinfulness and He will cleanse us and cover us with the robe of Christ's righteousness!
- We are God's sons and daughters. He offers us an inheritance. But do we inherit His ability to forgive? Or are we like the elder son in the parable? Just as He forgives, so we should forgive.
God's blessings, ~ Monique