We all make mistakes in life. Some of them are more pronounced and have larger impacts. As I read the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15 the other day, I got the sense that this is an impulsive thing that the son does that just turns into a huge mistake. Can you imagine what would happen if our mistakes were never forgotten or set aside? This story is amazing not because he realized his mistakes, but because the father loved his son beyond his actions. I don’t think that the father was happy with his son, but we do see that he loved him without fail. It is not a condoning for his behavior, but a loving of the person. There is a picture of God’s love in that story. We (humanity) told God to get lost because we could do it ourselves. Then we go into trouble with sin and needed a way out. God loved us so much that He welcomed us back! He rejoiced because what was lost was found; what was dead was alive!
There is cause to celebrate when someone turns to Jesus Christ, regardless of their past. There was no choice here! A celebration was in order.
“But we had to celebrate and be glad because this brother of your was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” – Luke 15:32
As I thought about this I came to two important conclusions:
1- I would rather be humbled in God’s care than prideful away from Him.
2- It is better to come running back to God in sorrow than to stay away from God in regret.
God loves us and wants to have a relationship with us. Nothing we can do is so far out there that there is no answer for it in Christ. Let’s live humbly before Him and share this gift with others. If you have run away, it is time to return. He is ready to welcome you.