Updated: Nov 30, 2020
But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to celebrate
The story of the prodigal son is well known. He had his own ideas about how he would do life. These ideas involved his father's money, but did not involve his father in any other way. However, his plans failed. He was left with nothing and no one. The only solution was for him to return to his father with his tail between his legs.
Amazingly, the father, who was looking out for him to return, did not want shame or disgrace to be upon the son that he loved. He didn't even let his son speak a single word from that position. Instead, he immediately created a position of honour for his son. The best robe and a ring were put upon him, and some shiny new shoes to boot. A party was had, as if the son was returning home from a trip of great success worth celebrating!
We all live in the grace and goodness of our Father in Heaven. However, we all have the potential to use that grace and goodness, and to then pursue an ideology that leaves the Father out of our planning completely. Ultimately, these plans will fail. If today, you have found yourself in that position of failed plans, and shame, and defeat, then know that there is a place of refuge for you. Come Home. Come home to your Father in Heaven.
The Father won't allow shame to be upon you. He will replace it by bestowing honour upon you. He will treat you as if you are a success story, because that is how he sees you. He sees the success that lies within you, in spite of everything else, and will cause you to dwell in a position of honour. In coming home to Him he will celebrate you. Don't allow your failings, sin, and mistakes to keep you from Him. Don't allow them to become your dwelling place. Come home to the Father, and find yourself celebrated by Him, and repositioned to a place of honour.
Have I wandered to a place where the Father no longer plays a part in my life? Is there a longing within my heart to be in his embrace again? Am I being held back from that by my pride, or even my shame? Is it time for me to come home today?
Lord Jesus, I want to come home. Thank you for receiving me. It's good to be home, and back in your embrace!