Luke 15:11-24 - The Prodigal Son
And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.
“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”' And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.
"I am no longer worthy to be called your son."
At one point or another, all of us have felt unworthy. Unworthy because we’ve made too many mistakes, unworthy because we look at the people around us and feel like we can't measure up, unworthy because of where we come from, our past, our insecurities, you name it.
And it's true...We are all unworthy. We all don’t measure up. We are all not good enough, talented enough, pretty enough. We all have pasts, some worse than others, but on our best day we are still so, so far from the righteousness of God.
We could do a thousand good deeds and still not be good enough. Yet, we can mess up a thousand times and still there’s grace.
"But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate."
You are not worthy on our own, but you ARE worthy because of Jesus. You ARE welcomed because he sees you as pure and blameless because of the work on the cross and the resurrection.
You can’t earn a thing, and it’s so hard for our human minds to understand, but he loves you just as much today as He ever will. And just like he welcomed home the Israelites time after time, just how the father celebrated when his lost son came home, the same God hasn’t given up on you.
His undying love won't give you up.
He pursues your heart, despite your scars.
And no one else will ever love you like Jesus.
Ephesians 3:19: "May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God."