A short devotional on Luke 15:11-24. Want to talk? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Sunday, October 18, 2020
It is one of the more famous stories of Jesus. Jesus chooses to tell a series of stories when the Pharisees start to complain that he hangs around tax collectors and sinners.
It is the story of the prodigal son. A son that treats his father like garbage. He asks for the inheritance before his father dies, essentially saying, "I wish you were dead."
The Father gives it and let's him go. And the Father waits for his return. Listen to the story as Jesus tells it.
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But 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.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
The Father was just glad his son was back. He wanted his son reinstated. He didn't care what he had done. He just wanted His son back.
That's the kind of God we have. It doesn't matter what hurtful things you have done. God forgives. He wants you back. He is about grace, and love, and relationship.
Maybe it's time to return to Him?
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