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by Kate Roden on October 1, 2015
Have you ever had the thought, “I’m not good enough for Jesus. I don’t deserve to be loved by God.”? Cool, me too. I’ve had this thought more than once actually; probably a thousand times. But every time, Jesus is like, “CHLOE. I freaking love you. You’re right, you’re not good enough. But I still chose you, and choose you again and again. Every single day. You’re the best.” And then like a blubbering baby I’m like, “Wow. I love you, too, God!”
Let’s take a look at Luke 15, commonly known as the parable of the prodigal son. To give you a brief synopsis, it’s the story of a young son who does not wait for his father’s inheritance. In fact, he straight up squanders the inheritance, recklessly spending it, and living in sin. One day, he realizes what he’s done and wants to come back home to his father. However, he knows that he has sinned, and plans to tell his father he will become like one of the hired servants.
It’s this point where you realize the young son sounds a lot like you—or me. We are sinners, and we often lose sight of what or whom we are living for (Jesus). And even more than this, we often believe the lie that our father won’t want us back. But verses 20-24 show us something different:
So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. The son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
Do you realize what’s happening here? The father not only welcomes his son back, he runs to him, and throws him a massive party to celebrate his return. This is also how Jesus feels about us. It doesn’t matter if you’re feeling inadequate. Maybe you haven’t opened your Bible in two weeks, maybe you haven’t opened your Bible in two years! Jesus is RUNNING to you. He loves you and desires a relationship with you. It doesn’t matter how “far gone” you think you are. Jesus wants you.
This is also displayed in John 21:12, where Jesus invites Peter to eat breakfast with him AFTER Peter denied Jesus three times! Jesus doesn’t rub Peter’s sin in his face and say, “Hey, remember when you denied me as I was hanging on the cross?! That was crazy. You are a TERRIBLE friend.” No. He’s like hey, let’s eat together.
What we have to understand here is that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of Jesus. He already died for our sins. It doesn’t matter what your sin is, was, or will be, Jesus is RUNNING toward you.
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