Have you burned your bridges to God? Wandered too far? Lots of people feel that way. But Jesus taught this truth:. If you want to go back, you cannot have gone too far from God. Maybe what really is causing you to stay away is the fear you would not be received well. Jesus understood why people feel that way. That is partly why He told the story of the Prodigal Son. To help us come to grips with God’s astonishing love and grace.
It’s easy to miss the passionate details He included. He didn’t merely say, “The Father was glad his son returned.”. Take some time to consider what He did say, and to imagine God the Father receiving you home like this:
And he arose and came to his father. 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)
Jesus was not exaggerating. What are you waiting for?
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4:8a)