Lost & Found

Last night we went over the story of the Prodigal son and His Homecoming with our small group 🙂  It’s one of my many parables told by Jesus to demonstrate a lesson and demonstration of God’s kindness, grace and abounding love.

Luke 15:11-32

New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Lost Son

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’

We see how God’s kindness is what leads us to repentance and not any sin or effort can win his love but His grace. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. He died for us when we were yet sinners. I love how before the son gets back to his father, when the father sees him, he is filled with compassion and is already Glad. The son, however is expecting to be treated like a servant to get in return for what he has done, and says He is not worthy of it. But just as our Heavenly Father gives us beauty for ashes, his father clothed him and put sandals on his feet which was to show high status and honor.

In the end however we see how he brother gets so jealous and furious because he has done the ‘RIGHT” thing all along and yet his heart isn’t right when he starts criticising his brother and pointing out all the faults and wrongs he has done while gone. We can all relate to this. Even when we do the right thing, if our heart isn’t right, God knows and it doesn’t count.

God is compassionate. He is cheerful. He loves us and when he sees us he is glad. He wants to celebrate YOU. Will you run to him?

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