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.Luke 15:20 NIV
This story falls amongst my favorites, it was narrated to us on many occasions at Sunday School, and even assembly when I was at Primary School. Most of us, this is one story that our parents used to discipline us…I knew from a young age that I don’t want to be a prodigal daughter. I didn’t want to be a social misfit, begging from here to there. Anyway….v20 now brings a new dimension that we were not taught of. This Father saw his son from a distance. Remember he used to work on a farm, feeding pigs. Probably he had not bathed in days, he had not changed into clean clothes, and was fatigued from the sleepless nights.
This father is my hero, he saw his dirty, ragged, filthy son from a distance… But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NIV)
….Notice the similarity here….while we were still sinners, filled with sinful acts of the flesh, hating one another, filled with rage, sexual impurities, drunkards, drug addicts…God saw us….He wrapped His loving arms around us.
We are formed in His image, He knew us before we were perfectly knit.
Therefore, He will always see us from a distance, as filthy as we are. The moment we humble ourselves and let go of everything that has led us to the broad and stinky road, God will embrace us with His love.
The same love that God gives to us, transfer it to others. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with pure love, to embrace all those around you.
Dear God, I humble myself before Your Holy throne and thank You for having embraced me when I was still a sinner. I love You Lord.