Sunday, March 09, 2008

A new twist on and old story

Luke 15:11-24 Some preachers today preach this "story", this account as a sinner coming to grace. More in context its about a believer who walks away from truth. As I read and reread this account the Holy Spirit breathed life on a certain verse- Luk 15:20 "So he went at once to his father. While he was still at a distance, his father saw him and felt sorry for him. He ran to his son, put his arms around him, and kissed him. "

First a little background, earlier in the account the son asks the father for his inheritance "early".
This meant that the son was saying to his father, "Dad, I wish you were dead." (culturely speaking) and his father says, "Ok here ya go son, here's your money" which meant yes you are also dead to me.

Second after this happens the family splits and the son is no longer a son. What is cool now is in vs 20 we see that the father saw the son at a distance which means he was looking for him! You don't see in the distance just by a glance. and then it says the father came running to his son and loved on him. the father did not wait for the son to get back into "good" graces and "work" off his blunder, the father gladly and lavishly welcomed him home, back into his kingdom, back into his presence.

are you getting this?? maybe it is time in your life to come home? maybe you are cheek deep in pig slop realizing you did have it pretty good with God and you just want to come back and serve, and that is a good step, but you will find when you get there that the King will lavish you and kiss you welcoming you back... just come back.