Father, thank you for your grace. Thank you for loving us no matter what.
READ: Luke 15:17-20
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.
We’ve all been there. We said something we shouldn’t have said. We crossed a line or boundary we shouldn’t have crossed. We became rooted in our pride and stubbornness and then sin takes over. Sin has a way of taking control of our lives. This happened to the lost son. But v. 17 marks a new beginning for the son – “When he comes to his senses” – and he realizes that he has sinned (v. 18). But he realizes he can change. Even though he’s made mistakes, he knows things can be different. But he can’t stay with the pigs. He needs to go back to the father. As hard as that conversation is going to be, he knows it’s necessary. He comes to his senses, repents of his sin, and starts to head back to his father (v 20). But before he can even get to the front door, his father runs to meet him. Imagine the relief, the joy, the amazement the son experienced when he saw his father!!
We all have sin in our lives and need to repent. We’re all just like the lost son. And God is just like the father, running to us with open arms! In what ways do you need to repent? God is ready, waiting with open arms, for you to come home. Are you willing to come to your senses?
Father, forgive me for my sin. I want to come home. I repent of my sin and I’m ready to turn away from my old life.