Christian Living: Back on the Straight and Narrow

The fifteenth chapter of Luke’s Gospel gives us the very familiar story of The Prodigal Son. There are many lessons that can be learned from this parable – all beneficial teachings – but the most memorable might be the scene where the father unconditionally accepts his son back into his open arms.

That’s an important point, but there’s more to the story than just this. Imagine for a moment how you would feel if your child left and you did not see him for months on end, maybe even years. Would he always be on your mind? In your heart? Would you find yourself looking for him in the crowds everywhere you go? Would you continually search the horizon, hoping to see him a long way off—coming home to you at last?

As unimaginable as it may be, God loves us more than we love our own children. Wouldn’t he be doing—and feeling— even more than we would? The Bible tells us that God is always looking down the road for us. He never stops. He sees the times when we begin walking in His direction but then veer off another way. He knows when we are up, and when we are down.

He sees when we are so broken we can barely crawl. He sees our outstretched hand and does the most astounding thing. Just like the father in our story, He breaks into a run and opens His arms to receive us home—unconditionally.

Keeping all this in mind, go to your Bible and read Luke 15:11-24 with fresh eyes. Do it now. Let God speak to you personally about the areas of your life that have been “prodigal.” Wastefully extravagant. Listen carefully. Then step quietly back onto the path that will take you home to Him. God will start running the minute that you do

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