Long way off …longing

February 18, 2016

“Then he said, “There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father, “Father, I want right now what’s coming to me.” … When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him.” Luke 15:1,20 MSG

You can’t make this story up. Because to do so is to know the deepest intimacies of God’s heart. Jesus knew his Father and he knows you. So he described you: demanding your freedom .. life on your terms .. trying to shape lies into a life .. starving from plenty .. desperate for home. Then Jesus describes his Father: waiting and watching .. longing .. and then running when He sees returning. He doesn’t care what others think. He only wants you to feel His embrace .. His kiss .. His utter joy in seeing you home. There is nothing as intense than God’s kindness. Jesus describes His Father’s care as outrageous .. scandalous .. and reckless. You’ve got nothing to offer and He dresses you in the Son. You’re just willing to be safe in the shadows of His presence and He wants to shout it all over the kingdom: You’re home.. and You’re His. It’s God’s kindness that literally changes your life. Jesus knows you inside and out. He knows where you resist and strain against His kindness. He knows the way home. And He knows how to lead you home in any condition .. in any age .. and in any circumstance. For some, the image of God the Father running with abandon after their life is wholly inappropriate .. embarrassing .. and even offensive. But Jesus doesn’t hold back when it comes to your life. He describes God’s extravagant wastefulness to welcome you home. Your words and intentions are swallowed up by God’s life-changing gift. The robe .. the sandals .. and the ring are the Son. He declares you home. Yours to accept .. to put on .. to be made whole. Grace washes away the grime. Welcome home … it only takes a moment

“God is kind, but he’s not soft. In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change.” Romans 2:4 MSG

About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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