Luke 15:24 – "This son of mine was dead, but is alive again, was lost and is found." So they began to celebrate.
I left the scarf on the Aberdeen to Glasgow intercity train. I was annoyed, it had sentimental value.
A few weeks later I called at the Lost and Found Office in Glasgow, and then in Aberdeen. It wasn't there. I was amazed at the amount of stuff that was there! There were hundreds of scarves, umbrellas, coats, books, toys etc. All of them waiting to be picked up and taken home.
Lost and found. That describes the Prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32 pretty well. It might describe us too!
If you are feeling a million miles from God today, and you are fed up carrying all that guilt, shame and mess, take what Jesus is teaching here to heart and come home.
There is no-one so lost that the Father's love will not find them. God is not waiting with a big account which needs settling. God is not waiting with preconditions for talks with us. God is not holding back his love to see if we deserve it. God reveals his love for us in Jesus Christ. This parable is an encouragement to the "lost prodigal" inside each one of us to wise up and come Home.
Prayer: Thank you that you have revealed that you are our Father, and that in you we have a home to return to. Amen.