The Prodigal Son
The parable of the lost son is a powerful one. One we will find ourselves in– either as the prodigal son or as his brother that complains about not being celebrated. The lost son tried to live by his own rules and his own pleasure. Eventually, he realizes he could never do it on his own and that nothing could satisfy him as even the slightest bit of his father’s grace. Before he even reaches the home of his father. The father runs to him with open arms. All it took was the son deciding that the father was better than anything else and turning to him for forgiveness.
So maybe you’re the lost son. Maybe you were the lost son, and the Father has already welcomed you into the family. If you are the lost son, what is better than the Father’s grace? If you have been brought home, are you still rejoicing in the love of Christ?
Perhaps you are the brother, who seeing the Father’s celebration of repentance and his brother’s return was filled with jealousy. Because you’ve been hard at work, but feel like no one has noticed, you can not celebrate the joyous return of your own brother. Are you too full of pride to notice the beautiful recovery of his soul? Can you not see that you have always been sharing in the blessing of the Father’s house? He has always provided for you. He has always cared for you.
“Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?”
Whether you are the son coming home or the son that has always known the Father’s mercy, He loves you and delights in caring for you.