Daily Devotions

“While he was still far off his Father saw him and was filled with compassion.” Luke 15:20—Jim Thompson, Betty Moser Kathy Huls

 

“While he was still far off his Father saw him and was filled with compassion.” Luke 15:20—Jim Thompson, Betty Moser Kathy Huls

This story of Jesus is more about the Father than the son. “Prodigal” means “extravagant,” “overindulgent.” And while the most familiar title for the parable is the “Prodigal Son,” in truth, it’s the Father of the story who is the most extravagant! When the son says, “Give me what is due me in my inheritance,” the Father does. Without hesitation. Without a warning, “This is all you’ll ever get. Use it wisely.” Even in his conversation out on the porch with the older son the Father says, “All that I have is yours.” Yes, this is a Prodigal Father.

So, the drama of the story is actually focused on the Father. When the wayward son decides he’ll go back and ask to be a “hired” servant, the question is “What will the Father do?” Will he welcome the little louse back in?” Will the gate be shut in his face? Will the Father say, “You’ve gotten everything you deserve? There’s no more for you!” The drama building is what makes verse 20 so powerful. “While he was still far off his Father saw him...” I can hear Jesus pause right there in the telling. And... And... And... “...he was filled with compassion.”

Before we can ever get the words out of our lips, “I’m sorry,” “I’ve sinned,” Please forgive me,” I lost my way,” Will you take me back?” God comes running, filled with compassion. God sees us when we’re still far off. God sees us while we’re practicing our “I’m sorry” speech. Even when we don’t realize just how lost we are God is full of compassion. “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Grace. That’s what this is. Grace. And it’s all about Grace.

Pastor Roy Christell

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