In Luke 15:11-32, we have the account of what is commonly known as The Prodigal Son. As you know, these passages detail the reckless actions of a greedy and foolish son who asks his father for his inheritance so he can venture out into the world on his own. As time goes by, the text tells us this son “squandered his estate with loose living” and ends up feeding hogs in order to survive. “When he came to his senses” he remembers that even his father’s servants have plenty to eat and decided to return home to repent and fall on the mercy of his father. One of the most beautiful of scriptures is Luke 15:20: “ And he got up and came to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him, and felt compassion for him and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” Obviously, this father had been watching and hoping for his son’s return. The son admits his transgressions and tries to explain to his father that he is no longer worthy to be his son. The father will hear none of this and proceeds to rejoice that his child had been “lost and was now found.”
This scripture shows one of the many benevolent characteristics of our Father, His willingness to forgive our sins. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. This by no means is all our divine Father does for us. Please consider the following:
-Sent His Son to die for our sins.” For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (1 John 4:14)
-Keeps us. “My Father, who has given them to Me is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” John 10:29. “I will never desert you, nor will I forsake you.” Heb. 15:5.
-Adopted us into His family. “He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will.” Ephesians 1:5.
-A Provider. “But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith?” Matthew 6:30.
-A Protector. “But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” 2Thessalonians 3:3.
God has also created us in His own image, granted us salvation, given us the Bible, delivered us from the domain of darkness, plus countless other blessings. However, in order to be the recipient of these many blessings, you must first become His child by repenting of your sins, confessing His name, and being baptized. If you have not, I urge you to become part of this wonderful family with a glorious Father. It is the best decision you will ever make.