“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.” (Luke 14:20-24)
I often listen to Joel Osteen while I’m driving because I love hearing about God’s love. He has built his ministry around saving the lost and loving them. His ministry provides counseling, restoration, and training in return for serving his ministry for a year. Many have lived their entire lives without love, so serving, being shown how to love, is an important part in the restoration process. He loves finding the lost and celebrating them.
Jesus reveals God’s heart for the lost. The father loves the Prodigal so much, he doesn’t wait for him to return, he runs across the fields to greet him. He gives his son an embrace, a kiss, a robe, a ring, sandals, and a celebration feast. The embrace and kiss show God’s love. As soon as the son repents, his father gives him a robe that covers his wrongdoings. God forgives. He gives his son a ring, a symbol for never-ending love, worth, and belonging to God’s family. Then, he gives his son sandals to walk with him. The Christian life is a journey of improving our hearts, loving the lost and others, and celebrating when the lost are found. We find JOY in Jesus, Others, and You.
Dearest heavenly father, thank you for finding and forgiving me. Today, the lost are many. They’re easy to find. Help me not criticize their ways but love them, celebrate their lives, and give them joy. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Daily Devotional Luke 15:20-24—The Prodigal Son (Part 4) – Should Christians celebrate? Online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 317