I know what I am about to say is something you have probably heard a million times over, but as I got to thinking about it this morning, my mind was just overwhelmed with thankfulness.
The fact that it doesn’t matter where we have been, what we have done, who we have hurt, what lies we have told, what we look like- nothing matters- Jesus still says, “Come as you are.”
Just as you are.
That means you don’t put on makeup to hide the scars because He already knows where each one is.
That means you don’t wait until you feel like you “have it all together” before you come before Him.
That means that no matter what you have done- literally NOTHING can separate you from His love.
Isn’t that crazy?
It is seen in the Bible when the prodigal son returns home, after wasting all of his inheritance on earthly things, and his father embraces him.
Not only embraces him but he prepares a FEAST for him and puts a special robe around him.
And his father does not serve just any kind of meat; he sends his other son to find the best sacrifice possible so that he can feed his son well.
He does not say “where have you been!?” or “How much money do you have left?”. He says none of those things.
Rather he looks deeply into his eyes and says I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU! I am so glad that you are home.
This picture is exactly how Jesus is with us.
We spend our time aimlessly wandering around trying to find our purpose in temporary things when our father has given us all that we need already.
Just like the Prodigal son, we run down the path of independence, determined to show others that we are self-reliant and we will conquer this world on our own!
I mean, seriously? I can’t even handle having a bad day without Jesus- how in the world do we think we can be successful or survive without our home base, Jesus.
But, despite ALL of that- actually despite EVERYTHING, Jesus’ arms remain open.
He is begging you to come home! Not so that he can harass you with reminders of what you have done or what you have lost, but so that he can hold you in His arms and remind you who you are.
It’s like those little restaurant sensors- if you go to far, they stop working.
When we turn our backs on Jesus, we become ineffective and useless to do anything that actually matters.
My friend- no matter the circumstances, no matter how ashamed you may feel, no matter what others label you as or how you see yourself, your Father sees you as blameless, beautiful and His beloved.
He has a feast prepared for you, a robe to keep you warm, a house where you can stay and a hug that will remind you that you are never too far gone.
Go back home, He is waiting
“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.” -Luke 15:20
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” -Matthew 11:28