Luke 15:22-24 “But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.”
Many are familiar with the parable of the Prodigal Son. We have heard messages, read studies, and even may have studied it out for ourselves. I love it when the truth comes fresh or becomes more powerful.
This portion of scripture where the father receives the son after his time of rebellion and poverty shines a light that God is telling me that as His child, I am loved and accepted for who I am, not what I do.
God knew exactly what He got when He saved me: a sinner. My particular brand of sin or amount is of lesser importance than the fact that it has been paid for and covered by the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, my Savior.
It hurt the father’s heart to be separated from his son. It hurt to know that he was destitute and in dire straits. Yet, the father didn’t search out his son – though I believe he knew exactly where he was and what condition he was in.
On that day, when the son’s heart was open to repent, humility overtook him. To ingratiate himself and throw himself upon his father’s mercy took courage. Pride keeps us from acknowledging our mistake (our sin) and making it right.
Our enemy, Satan, wants us to focus on the sin. Our Heavenly Father wants us to focus on our sonship – who we are in Him.
Our enemy uses guilt and shame to place us in bondage and resist the process of repentance. We fear what we cannot control. That very fear keeps us from going to God for the cleansing that will restore our relationship with Him.
Our Heavenly Father knows this and awaits the turning of our heart. The revelation in the pigpen for the prodigal was his turning point. I have come to realize that I cannot run from my “come to Jesus” moments.
I have found that when my heart is hard or resistive to the movement of the Holy Spirit, repentance is nowhere near. So, the key is to maintain a tender heart.
Resist those things that take our hearts away from the things of God. Cling to those things which draw us close to Him. God’s Word, godly music, and friends who are in line with the same desires can help us stay close.