As We Are

As I was reading the story of the prodigal son this week, I asked the Holy Spirit to bring to light a new facet of the familiar tale.

For the first time, I noticed that the father how immediately and intensely the father hugged his son, regardless of the fact that the young man most likely wore the rags and stench of a swineherd.

And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 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. – Luke 15:20, 21, 22

The father didn’t ask that the son take a bath and then enjoy beautiful, clean clothes and a meal with the family.

He loved his son as he was and brought him into the fold.

Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay

What a beautiful reminder that God not only accepts us, but embraces us as we are when we come to him. There’s no need to straighten out our lives first, or to try to make ourselves worthy of his love – which would ultimately be impossible, anyway.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. – Romans 3:23

We only need to admit our faults, and our need for his love, grace, and forgiveness.

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6 thoughts on “As We Are”

  1. Amen! I am so humbled that our Lord would accept me, even care about me, as I lived my life in defiance of Him. I have come to understand the awesome truth of Romans 5:8: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. What a blessing!
    I can so relate to the Prodigal. I’ve always been blown away by the fact that the Father saw him as he was still far off. This tells me that the Dad was looking for his son to return, and given the cultural judgment that would have been on the son for what he had done; God once again shows that His love conquers all!
    Pastor Chuck
    PS Might I ask that you remember my wife Betsy and me in prayer today. We are launching a new teaching series on prayer at a church we have not taught at yet. Thanks!

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