Coming Home

Luke 15 tells the story of a man with two sons, the younger one demanding immediate access to his inheritance.  So the father divided the inheritance between them and the younger one left for another country.

The Message puts it like this: “There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt. A citizen there assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs. He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any”.

When he came to his senses he decided to go back home immediately and tell his father that he no longer felt worthy to be his son asking for his forgiveness and the opportunity to be treated as a hired hand.

It would be interesting to know how many people today, are wandering through life desperately looking for answers, or having known the security of a relationship with a loving heavenly Father, have walked away from that relationship. How many long to return to the Father after being far away but hesitate, feeling worn down, unworthy or afraid of rejection.

Jesus says, “Come to me.” It isn’t any more complicated than that. He loves us, is waiting for us and welcomes us with open arms. God’s heart for us is the same as the prodigal son’s father in Luke 15:20..…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” (NIV).

Come, come to Jesus.  Like the prodigal son, know that forgiveness, mercy and a new beginning is there for us all.

Louise McLachlan