18th January 2018

Just Two Questions 

“I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.”
Luke 15:19 (MSG)

Have you ever asked yourself the questions; “Who am I and what am I doing here?” The author Mark Twain once wrote; “The most important two days of our lives are: The day we were born and the day we discover why!” That’s very perceptive don’t you think? I believe that we all need to seek the answer to those two very important questions, because there is indeed a reason for knowing who we are and why we exist.

The answer is wrapped up in the amazing plan that God is working out here below. A plan that was formulated before anything else existed, a plan to draw everyone into a very special relationship with himself, as part of his family. It’s becoming reconnected after being away for some time. Paul tells the Ephesians “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for” (Ephesians 1:11 MSG).

This happens in the arms of grace. Jesus actually told a story that pictures this, perhaps you are familiar with it; we call it the story of The Prodigal Son. As you know, it’s about a young man who gets his part of his inheritance before his father dies. This son goes off to a far land, squanders all of his new found wealth and ends up feeding pigs in a field! Quite a come down for a Jewish man. But as he thinks about the generosity of his father towards his servants, he realises that they are now better off than he is. So, he comes up with a plan to go home, become one of those servants to earn some money and pay off everything his father gave him—then perhaps they might be reconciled. But no! That’s not the way things go; his father runs to meet him as he enters the village, throws his arms around his neck and kisses him over and over again. And as those arms of grace enfold him he is totally restored to his family, not by working off the debt, but freely because of the overwhelming love of the father. You see, the full cost of the father’s love is “No charge!”

This is how all those who come back to our Father are treated, no kicks, no ‘I told you so,’ no penalties; just unconditional love and compassion with joy poured out. As Jesus puts it in Luke 15:10 (NKJV), “I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

The journey home is always worth it because His love never fails! God is thinking about you today; please come on home!

Prayer
What an amazing Father you are, always willing to overlook our faults and to rejoice with the angels when we return to you.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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