Father, put people in my life that I can seek after and point to you. Help me.
READ: Luke 15:20-24 and 28-32
“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.
28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”
Jesus tells this story to remind us that His love, His grace, supersedes the law. This parable could possibly be called “The Running Father.” The father’s love for the son is so deep, so profound and unconditional, that he runs to his son before the son can even get to the front door. Even though it may not look as we expect it, when people turn back to God, He is fulfilling a promise before our very eyes. You just can’t object if he throws a party to celebrate. It’s only right. The father is generous with both the younger son and the older son, and our attitude should reflect gratefulness for the things God has done.
Who in your life needs the “running father?” How can you help them find Him?
Father, we thank you for your love and grace. We celebrate with you when the lost are found.