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The Latter Rain: Celebrate Lent-Day 9

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 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.

Luke 15: 17-20 NIV

In yesterday’s devotion we recognized that no matter what the prodigal son did his Father still loved him. Today, let us recognize another powerful truth from this parable that works alongside our lenten prayer and fasting; we are worthy to be called God’s child!

I know in a great sense we are not worthy of such lavish forgiveness. We have corrupted ourselves and done evil in the sight of the Lord. Romans chapter three reminds us that we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. But we must not listen to the lies of satan that would have us believe we are not worthy at all of God’s love and forgiveness. While it is true we cannot earn our Father’s forgiveness, His love, mercy and grace do flow freely for those who desire it.

The truth is, we are worthy of His love and forgiveness precisely because we are His highest creation. In every human soul resides something of the image of God, and that alone makes us worthy of his love. What the prodigal son realized was that even though he was not worthy of his Father’s forgiveness by his own merits, he was worthy as a part of his Father’s family.

“The truth is, we are worthy of His love and forgiveness precisely because we are His highest creation.”

Each of us is a part of our Heavenly Father’s family because we are his cherished creation. And while the way we live may separate us from the fellowship of His family, it cannot separate us from His love. We must only wake up to the reality of our place in the family.

When we will realize how much our Father loves us, in spite of our sins, we will know that He never closes the door on us. He is continually calling out for us to come home, who have as the prophet Isaiah said, “turned to our own way.” (Isa. 53)

So, as we journey through Lent, may our prayer and fasting bring to us a brightness in our sorrow. In the realization of our sinfulness may we know how loved we are by our Father. Let us stand outside in the latter rain of Christ’s loving sacrifice and feel His love washing over us, drawing us back to into fellowship with Him.

Shalom,

Pastor Brad

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Hi! Thanks for learning a little more about me and my journey.

I am an ordained presbyter in the Church of the Nazarene, and in my ministry, I work with churches and individuals from all denominations. I also currently serve as Pastor of The Udall Methodist Church, an independent church in Udall, Kansas, and Grandview UMC in Winfield, KS and as Care Coordinator for the Cozine Memorial Group.

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