God & You
The story below is about God & us. More importantly this is a story about God & you.
All of us are like the son who took what the father had given him and gone and enjoyed as we thought best, often in ‘wild living’. We have all taken the life God created us with and went out and enjoyed ourselves in as many ways as we could discover. However also like the son we found out that wild living (and living without the Father) has consequences. Sometimes it wasn’t until we hit rock bottom that we were able to admit that we need God and want to come back. God created us in his image and gave us free will to choose or reject him, just like this story.
Like the son who decided to come back, many are searching for the one thing that can fill them and satisfy them. In this story, while the son was a long way off, the Father (with great joy) ran to meet him. This helps us realise what God is like. That while we are still a long way off from him, but looking for him, he runs to meet us and wants to celebrate our return.
We are all a long way off from perfection, as a congregation we understand we are sinners who need God and have accepted his offer of salvation, friendship and eternal dwellings. At one stage or another we were all eating alongside the pigs, trapped by our sin without hope of redemption by our own resources, strength or will. We came to our senses that this was not the kind of life God had intended for us and as God reached out to us, we opened our hearts to accept God and follow his son, Jesus.
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(Lk 15). Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ 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…..