Come Back to God

“When he was still a great way off.” Lk 15:20 NKJV

The Bible says con­cern­ing the Prodi­gal Son: ”When he was a great way off, his father… had compassion…ran…fell on his neck and kissed him.” The truth is, you’re not beyond the reach of God’s grace, so your future can be greater than your past! When he was “a great way off,” his father ran to him. Why? Because his rela­tion­ship with his son was­n’t based on per­for­mance, but on the fact that he’d giv­en him life and brought him into the fam­i­ly. When you think about the things his father gave him that day, you real­ize the sig­nif­i­cance of each item.

    1. The robe. That con­firmed his iden­ti­ty as a son. God does­n’t see you in your weak­ness; He sees you clothed in the right­eous­ness of Christ (See 2 Co 5:18 – 19 NlV).
    2. The ring. This was a signet ring with the fam­i­ly seal that gave him back author­i­ty to do busi­ness in his father’s name.
    3. The shoes. House­hold ser­vants did­n’t wear shoes, only fam­i­ly mem­bers did. He returned home think­ing the best he could hope for was a job in the ser­vants’ quar­ters. But his father not only restored his iden­ti­ty and author­i­ty, but he also restored him to full son­ship in the family.
    4. The par­ty. Back then when you rebelled against your father’s author­i­ty and left home, they con­duct­ed “a cer­e­mo­ny of shame,” which meant you could nev­er return. Not this father — he threw a party!

The point? Because Jesus took our shame! ”For God made Christ, who nev­er sinned, to be the offer­ing for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ” (2 Co 5:21 NLT). The word for you today is — come back to God!

Source: The Word for You Today – Super­Chan­nel, Orlan­do, FL, USA. pub­lished on Sept 12, 2019, pp. 10