GOD’S PROMISE TO PRODIGALS (2)
Observe what the father did for his Prodigal Son the moment he humbled himself and said, ‘…I have sinned…’ (v. 18 NKJV), because God will do the same for you.
(1) ‘…the father said to his servants,“Bring out the best robe and put it on him…”’ (v. 22 NKJV). Can you imagine what this boy smelled like and looked like, after wallowing in the muck of a pig- sty?
Can you identify with him?
Good news: God covers our sinfulness in the robe of Christ’s righteousness. And from that point on He sees us ‘in Christ’. Therefore we are always acceptable in His eyes.
(2) ‘…put a ring on his hand…’ (v. 22 NKJV). This was the family signet ring used in transacting business. When placed on wax, it was equal to a signature. More good news: God doesn’t partially restore you, He recommissions you and gives you back full authority to do business in His name.
(3) ‘…put…sandals on his feet’ (v. 22 NKJV). The Prodigal Son was getting ready to say to his father, ‘…I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants’ (v. 19 NKJV). In those days hired servants didn’t wear shoes in public; only sons did. How wonderful—his father gave him the full rights of sonship.
(4) ‘…bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry’ (v. 23 NKJV). You don’t fatten a calf overnight! The father had been planning this celebration for a long time. He never gave up on his son and the word for you today is: God hasn’t given up on you either! Come back to Him and let Him restore you.
‘…my son was…lost and is found. And they began to be merry.’ Luke 15:24 NKJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Ezekiel 43:11, 16, 31; 36:25-27; Ephesians 2:10, 22
Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep & I will seek them out.
I will seek the lost, & I will bring back the strayed, & I will bind up the injured, & I will strengthen the weak!
You are my sheep, human sheep of my pasture, & I am your God! I will sprinkle clean water on you, & you shall be clean from all your uncleanliness, & from all your idols.
I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, & a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh & give you a heart of flesh.
And I will put my spirit within you, & cause you to walk in my statutes & be careful to obey my rules. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which god prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them!
In him you also are being built into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit!
You are His dwelling place! Make it beautiful!