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This month I want to help us prepare for Christmas by reflecting on God’s Grace. If you want an overview of what I’m trying to accomplish, read the first post in this blog series called A Month To Remember God’s Grace.
Below is the reflection for today.
DECEMBER 18 – GRACE MEANS PRODIGALS GET PARTIES
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
- Hebrews 10:22
But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
- Luke 15:20
What will it be like when you stand before God? For whatever reason some of us fear this moment. We think when we stand before God we will see a frustrated frown. We imagine hearing disappointed words like: Why can’t you get it right? When are you going to make me proud? Sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done.
The truth is most of us already know what we’ve done. We’ve been thinking about it for years. For some of us, what we’ve done is the thing that keeps us from coming back to God. But still there is that sense, that being with God is better. So we start moving toward God again, rehearsing our I’m Not Worthy Speech. Replay phrases like, “Don’t call me your son. I’m okay being a second class citizen. I deserve to sleep in a dog house for a season.”
But wait. Grace tells a different story. Grace says that while we were drawing near, God saw us and he felt compassion for us. Grace reveals a God who runs to embrace us. Grace says that while we are trying to get out our “I’m not worthy” God was setting up for a great party.
Why? Because grace says prodigals get parties. In other words, grace says we get what we do not deserve. Let that truth linger in your soul. Let that draw you near to God with full assurance of his love. All he wants is for you to come home.
Today make a list of all the prodigals you know of that God has welcomed back home. Is your name on that list? Why or why not?