The Heart of God
by Chris Lane
19 February 2021
Luke 15: 11-32
Jesus went on to say, “There was once a man who had two sons. The younger one said to him, ‘Father, give me my share of the property now.’ So the man divided his property between his two sons. After a few days the younger son sold his part of the property and left home with the money. He went to a country far away, where he wasted his money in reckless living. He spent everything he had. Then a severe famine spread over that country, and he was left without a thing. So he went to work for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him out to his farm to take care of the pigs. He wished he could fill himself with the bean pods the pigs ate, but no one gave him anything to eat. At last he came to his senses and said, ‘All my father's hired workers have more than they can eat, and here I am about to starve! I will get up and go to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired workers.”’ So he got up and started back to his father.
“He was still a long way from home when his father saw him; his heart was filled with pity, and he ran, threw his arms around his son, and kissed him.
‘Father,’ the son said, ‘I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son.’
But the father called to his servants. ‘Hurry!’ he said. ‘Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. Then go and get the prize calf and kill it, and let us celebrate with a feast! For this son of mine was dead, but now he is alive; he was lost, but now he has been found.’ And so the feasting began.
The son ends up poor and miserable and realises that his dad has everything he needs and that he must ask for forgiveness and get help. He had turned his back on his family and he had turned his back on God.
When the son walks towards his father, his father sees his son in the distance and runs to him with outstretched arms.
If we confess to our heavenly Father and ask for forgiveness, He will forgive us, and He will stretch out his arms for us if we turn back to Him.
Are we facing towards our Father?
Is our heart turned towards God?
Are our actions of God?
Is our mind turned towards His word?
‘But my God says to the prodigal,
My beloved one,
You’re welcome home’
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‘All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give,
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.’