I had a wonderful time in a discipleship class last night discussing the account of the prodigal’s Father.
There is always something “new” to discover and learn in this account; it is such a rich and deep picture of Father God’s love for us.
Luke 15 v 20 is the verse that best describes the love that our heavenly Father has for us.
We see how the father in this account behaves, but we can “transfer” these characteristics onto Father God.
God is watching for us to come to Him.
Maybe we are coming for the first time or returning (like the son in the account) but either way the Lord wants us to come to Him and is eagerly watching out for us.
When we come to Him the Lord is full of compassion and wants the best for us.
The Lord greets us with open arms; indeed His greeting could be described as violent (that is the implication of the Greek meaning for “fell on his neck”).
The Lord greets us with love and affection, signalled by a kiss in the narrative.
All that we see the earthly father doing we can be sure that our heavenly Father will do for us.
We also learn something important about the son in this verse, so we can learn something about ourselves.
The son decided to go home, he decided to arise and go to the father.
He had the free will to decide his own future and he decided to go back, he was not forced to return.
The same is true for us.
The Lord will not force us to return or indeed to do anything; we have to make that choice ourselves.
Is there a part of your life where you have “gone away” from the Lord and need to ”return”?
He is watching for you and is ready to receive you with open arms, ready to fall on your neck and kiss you.
It is time for you to choose; He is ready!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are my loving Father, compassionate and merciful, ready and willing to receive me today”.
Luke 15 v 20…..And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him