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“I am no longer worthy to be called your son.”
These are the words of a young man that had taken all of his opportunities in life and squandered them. He had taken the advantages of his inheritance and wasted it. All the friends that he had when he had plenty were now gone. He found himself feeding swine and wanting to eat their food. His mind began to wander to his home place with his father. He remembered how good his life used to be. He realized the freedom that he was looking for had only brought him bondage. He came to his senses and said,” I will arise and go to my father.” He was going to tell his father, “I’m no longer worthy to be called your son, just make me one of your hired hands.” He knew this would be better than what he was living in at the time.
When this young man was coming down the familiar road to his father’s house, he saw a form running toward him. As the person got closer, he realized that it was his father. He probably thought to himself,
“My father is angry with me, and he’s coming to meet out his punishment.” As the young man began to blubber out his confession of no longer being worthy to be called his son, his father was wrapping his arms around him with tears of love. He said, “Put a new robe on him, put a ring on his finger, put shoes on his feet, and prepare the fatted calf for a celebration.” Why did the father clean him up before he brought him to the house? I believe that he wanted to clean his son up before everyone got a chance to see where he had been. He didn’t want to parade his son’s wrongs in front of others.
I share this story as a reminder of God‘s passionate love for us. Even when we’ve wasted our opportunities and our inheritance, His extravagant love is there for us.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”