And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found. — Luke 15:31-32 ESV
The Prodigal Son is probably one of the most well-known parables in the Bible. The thing about this parable is that this rebel son isn't truly the main focus of the story, the father is.
Are you the prodigal son? Have you drifted away and have a yearning to come back? Are you the "good" brother, who seems to do everything right but maybe you feel like everyone else gets recognition?
The third character, the father, is someone who regardless of status, makes a fool of himself running towards his wayward son. The father who recklessly loved both boys regardless of attitude or action. The good son was upset at the celebration, yet the father lovingly tells him “all I have is yours”, the rebel son gets a huge party just for returning. That father is our father. That father represents our great God.
Regardless of where you are, know that the Father loves you with an uninhibited abandonment. We can always return sisters; you are loved by a good Father whose love is never-ending. If you haven’t strayed, but you are frustrated because you feel like God doesn’t see you sister, God does. God will reward your obedience. Remember this, you are known, you are seen, you are loved.
God I thank you for loving me when I am unlovable. I thank you for loving me exactly as I am and I thank you for never leaving me that way. You are a good good Father, and I am honored to be your child.
Where are you in your walk with God? Have you strayed? Are you feeling unnoticed? Know today that God loves you and meditate on the truths of that love by spending time in the parables found in Luke 15 this week.
Chelsi Woods is a Jesus loving, tattooed soccer mom, who’s passionate pursuit is making sure people know their worth in Christ alone. Effected by loss through suicide at a young age, through music, public speaking and writing, Chelsi hopes to bring people closer to Christ and offer the message of a supernatural peace and hope in Christ and Christ alone. Her hobbies are Pinterest fails, dad jokes, and embarrassing her 10-year-old daughter with her solid dance moves.