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In life we often make decisions that we later regret. Whether we were uninformed of all the variables or really just did not care about the consequences, we have all made choices that we later wish we could do over. Sometimes it is not one decision but little ones daily. We wake up to find ourselves wondering how we got to where we are and how will we ever get back to where we belong.
When Jesus walked the earth the multitudes followed Him. He brought life to the dead, healing to the sick, food to the hungry and acceptance to the outcast. He ate with sinners and taught ordinary people about the Kingdom of God.
Many people came to hear the words of the ‘miracle worker.’ Jesus told them a parable, a story, about a good dad. A man had two sons and the younger asked for his inheritance and left for a far away country and spent it on loose living. A famine struck that land and after the son had spent all of his money he went to live on a farm as a hired hand. As he watched the pigs eat their slop he realized that he could go back to his father’s house and eat. He could tell his father that he was sorry he had sinned against heaven and him and that he could become a servant in the house and eat bread.
While he was a far way off his father saw him and had compassion on him. The father ran to his son and began to embrace and kiss him. The son began his speech saying that he had sinned against him and heaven and he was no longer worthy to be called his son. The father ignored the speech and called his servants to bring the best robe, the signet ring, sandals for his feet, and a fattened calf and then said “let us eat and celebrate, for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.”
The father in this story had compassion on his son who had gone his own way and made poor choices. He was not mad at him, he actually longed to embrace him again. He saw his son a long way off, which reveals he had been looking for him all along.
The son came back to his dad because he was hungry. It was not the noblest of reasons, but the son’s hunger reminded him that there was bread in his father’s house. There is a deeper truth here. Jesus said those who hunger for truth and righteousness will be filled (Matthew 5:6). When we begin to hunger for the deeper things in life: fulfillment, contentment, peace, we will find these in the Father’s house.
Today God’s house is not a physical building. It is not steeples and stained glass. Today God’s house is His people, the community of believers. When we come into a relationship with our Father God through receiving Jesus Christ in our heart, we are born into the family of God. We are completely accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6) and we become the righteousness of God in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:30). We are 100% forgiven with a clean slate and we become co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).
Know that your heavenly Father is not mad at you. He is running towards you to kiss and embrace you. He wants to throw a feast for you and place a robe of righteousness around your shoulders, a signet ring of authority on your finger and sandals on your feet to give you a firm foundation.
Luke 15:11-24 - (The Voice) Once there was this man who had two sons. One day the younger son came to his father and said, “Father, eventually I’m going to inherit my share of your estate. Rather than waiting until you die, I want you to give me my share now.” And so the father liquidated assets and divided them. A few days passed and this younger son gathered all his wealth and set off on a journey to a distant land. Once there he wasted everything he owned on wild living. He was broke, a terrible famine struck that land, and he felt desperately hungry and in need. He got a job with one of the locals, who sent him into the fields to feed the pigs. The young man felt so miserably hungry that he wished he could eat the slop the pigs were eating. Nobody gave him anything. So he had this moment of self-reflection: “What am I doing here? Back home, my father’s hired servants have plenty of food. Why am I here starving to death? 1I’ll get up and return to my father, and I’ll say, ‘Father, I have done wrong—wrong against God and against you. I have forfeited any right to be treated like your son, but I’m wondering if you’d treat me as one of your hired servants?’” So he got up and returned to his father. The father looked off in the distance and saw the young man returning. He felt compassion for his son and ran out to him, enfolded him in an embrace, and kissed him. The son said, “Father, I have done a terrible wrong in God’s sight and in your sight too. I have forfeited any right to be treated as your son.” But the father turned to his servants and said, “Quick! Bring the best robe we have and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. Go get the fattest calf and butcher it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate because my son was dead and is alive again. He was lost and has been found.” So they had this huge party.