“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.” -Luke 15:20
Over the years I have found myself identifying with many different portions of the parable of the Prodigal Son. I have been far off - wasting the gifts and call God gave me at birth. I have been at the end of my rope - empty, alone, and desperate to be back home with God. And I have been in moments and seasons where all I can feel is God’s loving arms wrapped around me, welcoming me home.
This morning I want to talk about the space between coming to the end of your rope and being wrapped up within the Fathers arms. For the longest time I just skimmed over the middle of this story, thinking about the long, miserable journey that the son must have gone through to get home. I imagined he was reunited with his father because he put in the work to get home, but that is not what Jesus chose to present in this parable. No, as soon as the son turns to head home, Jesus says, “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.”
I think a lot of us live in the space that says, “well, I want to get back to God’s plan in this area of my life, but I don’t know how. I don’t know how to clean myself up. I don’t know how to have the self-control to make the long journey back into His good graces.” We all have portions of our heart that are not fully submitted to God, but we often think we have to get those things under control before God will even have us back. I think this morning God is saying, “Just turn around, and I will come running. All of those things youare not strong or disciplined enough to work through are so easy for me.”
My question for you this morning is what areas of your life are you trying to clean up before you submit that part of your heart to God? The story of the Prodigal Son was never about how hard and fast the son ran home, but rather how hard and fast the father ran to embrace his son.
Lord, this morning would you begin to draw every part of our hearts to You? Would you remind us that it is You that runs to us, and we just have to turn around and look to you? God, remind us that we are already equipped to come home - that Jesus has already done the work on the cross and because of that, we just get to rest in you. Amen.
Further Study: https://www.bible.com/bible/116/LUK.15.11-32