A long way off
“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.” – Luke 15:20
Ever go to the lost and found, only to find something that was lost, and have a renewed joy over it. It causes reason to celebrate. Luke 15 gives many parables of things lost and returned. The lost coin, the lost sheep, and the lost son all have a similar lesson. No matter how far you go from God, there is always a road back, and God is always waiting there with open arms.
The prodigal son became bored with his life, and decided to take his inheritance and, “live.” As Christians we naturally take the safe road. But sometimes we feel led to take the more glamorous route. We don’t feel freedom in living on a narrow road, and become bored and complacent. We take for granted the simple things that God gives us, and the protection he provides us from the world. Without the spirit of God, we often cannot discern the dangers of life and when we step outside of that safety zone, we are left open to a myriad of dangers. Without the spirit of God with us we can fall prey of many of them. The prodigal son’s father may have lost his son for a time but he never lost the hope of his return.
During the Passover when the blood was smeared over the posts, it was meant for the whole family. If one person is lost, do you not think that one person means as much as the rest?
“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?” – Luke 15:4
If you are in prayer for your families, continue to pray, and don’t lose faith. God has a plan for us all, we just have to stand in the gap and pray intercessory on behalf of our loved ones. Claim the blood, it is ours to claim. Jesus blood that was shed on the cross was for all mankind. God’s arms are never too short, and hope is never a lost cause no matter how bleak a situation looks.
We often times feel that once we have failed God, we can never go back. That we will be met with judgment, anger and punishment; however, that is simply a vision the world wants us to believe. We believe we are a long way off, and that the road back will be too far, so we give up. God’s love is unconditional, and can cover a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8) He loves nothing more than to see His child come home, and will wait with open arms, and He is never far off. Guilt and condemnation are not of God. Often times when a sinner comes back to God, they’ve already experienced all they can bear. (Luke 15:18-19)
“In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.” – Luke 15:10