Have you heard The Parable of the Extravagant Love of the Father? Perhaps you know this story by its more popular name – The Prodigal Son.
We think this is a story about a boy who goes off to sow wild oats only to discover the pleasures of sin are fleeting. He hits rock bottom and comes crawling back home like a miserable puppy with his tail tucked between his legs. He makes a pathetic speech and things work out in the end.
But this is not a story about a boy. This is a story about a Father
The Father never lost hope. We find him waiting and watching for his son’s return. When he spots him on the horizon, he is filled with compassion. There is no room in the Father’s heart for judgment or anger or contempt – only love.
He throws all dignity aside and runs to meet the boy. He wraps his arms around him and kisses him. It certainly wasn’t the greeting the boy expected.
The Father doesn’t even acknowledge the boy’s groveling. There is no “You should have known better” or “I told you so.” Without a moment’s hesitation he restores the boy to all the rights and privileges of sonship. He launches the party of the century over this one lost child who’s come home. What extravagant love! What amazing grace!
I imagine the boy standing there awkwardly; feeling the weight of the family robe on his shoulders, turning the family signet ring around his finger, wiggling his toes in sandaled feet thinking this is all too good to be true. And it is. And that’s exactly what grace is all about.
Affirmation: I will embrace the grace and love of the Father
Comments: Tell us about an awkward grace filled moment in your life.
Luke 15: 11-24. ….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. The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “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. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’shave a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’