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 heart of the father 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 particular 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 our 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.
We are quick to be reminded by our enemy what sinners we are. But we forget our position in Christ so quickly. It is true while in this body of flesh, I will never eradicate sin or become perfect without sin. God knew and took care of all that at Calvary.
I love the heart of the Apostle Paul when he writes:
Philippians 3:8-10 “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”
Knowing Christ as my personal Savior has been the most significant decision I have ever made in my entire life. No other decision will ever compare.
Having my sins forgiven, Heaven as my home, adopted into the family of God, joint-heirs with Jesus Christ; the list is endless to the things I received at salvation. When my faith becomes sight, all will be made right.
I must resist those things that take my heart away from the things of God and cling to those things which draw me close to Him. Remembering who I am in Christ and who He is to me will help me gain the proper perspective.
As a saved child of God, we must not say, “I am a sinner.”
It is so much better to say, “I am a saint who sometimes sins.”