I have read the story of the prodigal son many times, and different things stood out to me. I believe this story just reveals to us how God’s love is constant, not dependent on our frailties.
At different times in our lives, we take the ‘prodigal’ path, and when we decide to retrace our steps, we feel we have to be servants before we become heirs, again. But that’s the amazing thing about our Father’s love and grace, it does not have to be like that. He is ready when we are ready to come home.
Just this Sunday, I felt like the prodigal son for so many reasons (e.g not keeping up with blogging), and I was silently beating myself up. The Holy Spirit tugged my heart to read the story of the prodigal son, that I need to see my feelings differently. So I read Luke 15 v 11-32, (I advise that you read it too) and the Holy Spirit stopped me at a verse to ponder on for a little while.
Father, I have sinned against God, I have sinned against you; I don’t deserve to be called your son again. But the father wasn’t listening. v 21-22a MSG
He said to me, ‘I am not listening, just put on your robe’.
It is amazing how we are so efficient at focusing on how we may not have met up to the standards we have set or people set for us. It feels like if we can just keep telling ourselves how much we’ve messed up, just maybe, maybe, we won’t have to find ourselves in such a situation, again. Lies!
Have you thought that the time you have spent beating yourself down, is just a disguise to disqualify yourself, so you don’t have to carry out the plans or be who Christ has called you to be?
It is just your own way of saying ‘I definitely cannot do better, can I just make do with good?’.
‘Let me just be the servant and not the son’
Just like the lost son in the bible, God has searched you out, reached out to you, hugged you and kissed you, but you still want to ruminate on how unworthy you are.
The great news is God is not listening to your disqualification speech, all He wants you to do is: Put on your robe!
Sometimes, the feeling of being a prodigal son does not exist past our imaginations, we have only given it life because events have not panned out with the expectation of man. In such a moment, we need to see things through the eyes of our Father, because beneath all that is seen, greater works are done.
So today, as you read this post, my prayer is that:
You walk in the nature of Abba who disciplines and loves accordingly
That you will be brave enough to seek to be a son/daughter, and not settle for hired servanthood
That like your maker you will see the gold in you, that no mess can tarnish
That you will no longer be scared to wear your robe, because the perfect love of Abba has cast out every fear of failing Him. Amen
God needs you, put on your robe!
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