“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” - Luke 15:20
The story of the prodigal son is one most of us are familiar with.
A son who receives his inheritance from his father and then makes his way into a far country, squanders it in riotous living, and finally realises, when in a pig-pen, destitute, hungry and homeless, what he walked away from when he left his father and home.
He resolves and says, ‘I will go to my father and say, “I am not worthy to be your son, make me as one of your hired servants”
His father, who is a wonderful picture of our loving heavenly Father, was waiting patiently for his son’s return. When his boy returned he was delighted and thrilled to have his son back home again.
He overwhelms his son with love, forgiveness and reinstatement, clothing him with the best robe, placing shoes on his bare feet and a ring on his finger. There is a party and much festivity and joy. The son, who was lost, even given up for dead, has returned and is alive and well.
When we return to our God and Father in true repentance His love is so great that we are enveloped in it. He clothes us with the robe of righteousness, puts the shoes of the gospel on our feet and gives us His authority and there is great rejoicing in heaven. We enjoy every privilege of sonship, protection, provision, love and fellowship with a loving heavenly Father.
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your forgiveness and love. I am not worthy to be Your child, but I thank You through the Lord Jesus that I am forgiven, righteous, justified, redeemed and restored.