Fresh Hope – Day 172

I love the story of the prodigal son found in the book of Luke 15:11.

We read about a young son who went to his father, asking for his inheritance early. Upon receiving it, he sets off for a distant country and there loses all that he has in wild living.

He now finds himself away from home, without a penny to his name, so he goes on the job search. The young boy then acquires a job feeding pigs, and as if things couldn’t get any worse, he becomes tempted by the very food that he is distributing.

It’s safe to say that he has reached a pretty low point in his life.

Coming to his senses, he decides to head back home, hoping that maybe, just maybe, at best, his father will hire him as an employee.

Upon returning home, he is greeted with an unexpected response… The father, instead of punishing the son for all that he has done, instead of putting him to work to make up for lost time, instead of telling the son how much he has disgraced the family name, the father throws his son a party… and within a matter of moments, we now find the son partying on the dance floor.

Today, you may feel as though your decisions, your actions, your mistakes have disqualified you from the dance floor of life. You may feel as though your past has disqualified you from enjoying your present. You may feel as though you are no longer worthy to celebrate and enjoy the fullness of life because of what you’ve done.

But just like the prodigal son, you have one reason to dance again, and that is because the Father still loves you. Irrespective of what you’ve done, irrespective of where you’ve been, irrespective of the bad choices you’ve made- today, the Father, Jesus, still loves you.

He always has done and He always will do.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NIV)

Caleb Burchell

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