Closeness

Jesus treated people with a level of worthiness that they did not deserve; He treated them as if they were already restored.

Luke 15:20-24(NLT)

“So he got up and went to his father. 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. The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

There is something so odd, yet securing about being in a relationship with the Father. He is crazy in love with the weak, broken and those who would be considered unworthy. In Luke 15, Jesus tells a parable of a wealthy man with two sons and many servants. Acting in selfishness, the younger son asks for the fullness of his inheritance while his father was still alive, and chooses to leave home. In short order, the son spends all that he was given, and finds himself homeless and hopeless. The story concludes with the son returning home, to find that his father was ready to welcome him back with open arms.

We may be reading this story, feeling far off from God; like every decision and step you take is just another hole being dug. How can we be disqualified from His love, when we could never earn it in the first place? God sees and knows everything about us, and chooses still to have a relationship with us. There is a beauty in the revelation that although God sees our mess, He still wants to pour out His love and promises over us. We are alive when we embrace God's love for us.

Challenge:

Take a moment and think about how your relationship with God looks. Think about his beauty and the way He loves and treasures you. Write down areas that take away from His viewpoint and desire. (Ex: This can be how you view yourself, sin, bad company, etc.)

Bernard Agyakwa