“Isn’t it right to join in the celebration and be happy? This is your brother we’re talking about. He was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found again!” (Luke 15:32).
Editor’s Note: I still have The Crud, compete with intermittent coughing spells, so forgive me for any typographical errors I made while I was in the middle of hacking up one of my lungs. Hopefully, I’ll be better soon.
Every one of us has been a prodigal at some point. Every one of us.
Not all of us have run away to a far country to waste our lives and money on scandalous living.
Some of us have stayed at home and been just as far away from the Father.
As my pastor Mike Glenn reminded me today, lostness isn’t a matter of geography as much as it is of relationship.
All of us wander off in our affections and in our priorities. All of us.
All of us at some point will have that awakening when we come to ourselves and realize just how far away we’ve gotten.
It’s not Jesus who was lost. I was. You were. We were. Jesus found us. That’s the story of the Gospel. That’s my hope.
Some of you are praying for prodigals in your life who still haven’t come home yet. Some of you are the prodigals still out in the far country, ashamed and embarrassed to admit defeat and start the journey homeward.
Remember that God is the Father who never turns away any prodigals who come back in true repentance and faith. This is the God who doesn’t wait for us to get to Him. He runs after us while we’re still a long way down the road.
Every one of us at some point will be a prodigal again. It’s in our nature to wander and it’s in God’s nature to bring us back.
That will never not be good news to me.