Tuesday, January 11, 2011
A thought about the prodigal:
He wasted everything he was entitled to by his position in the family. In his mind, he he had forfeited his position in the family. He was 'no longer a son'.
But in his father's mind, when he came home battered, he was his baby, found after a dreadful absence -- needing a bath and some new clothes. His father allowed no separation. He didn't even punish him. It was pure joy and acceptance from Daddy. Not a trial run of sonship (with all the responsibilities, and none of the privileges).
Jesus wants us to know the heart of God. We do not know the heart of God without seeing this in Him. The Father loves His children. He longs for their return. And when they come home, His arms are open.