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Head for Home
“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son’ . . .” Luke 15:17-19
Jesus illustrates some of God’s wonderful qualities as our heavenly Father in this parable. The Father’s joy and acceptance of the wayward son shows us how God welcomes us home when we turn from our reckless squandering ways.
One of the devil’s tactics is to use condemnation to keep us from turning back to God. He plays on the shame we feel from our sin with false suggestions, like God is angry with us and wants to punish us for our sin.
The truth is that Jesus paid the death penalty for our sin and purchased peace with God for us. God is not angry with us because Jesus already bore the punishment that we deserved. Trusting in Jesus, we can boldly approach God’s throne and receive forgiveness and cleansing for our sin. This is the good news. It gives us great assurance that if we fail, we are not doomed to failure.
Like the father waiting for his son to return, God longs for us to turn from our sin and come “home” to Him. When we return to Him, we can start living a new life, free of slavery to sin. This new life is available to us right now and the Holy Spirit will help us discover how to live it. The benefits are plentiful – healing, restoration, renewal, peace, joy, happiness, and contentment. They start now and will last to eternity.
Lord, at times I feel like the prodigal son, having squandered the spiritual inheritance God had in store for me. Even though I may feel this way, I thank You that I can lay hold of it again and live the “new life” with the Holy Spirit living in me. Thank You for welcoming me home with open arms!