This Is Your Father's Day
Heavenly Father, thank You for making me Your child. Work in my heart such a deep and abiding trust that I come to You like a little child—asking, telling, and thanking You as “Dad.” But also keep Your power, holiness, and greatness in my mind and heart so that I never hesitate to ask big things and difficult things knowing that You are more than capable to give anything at any time in any way if it serves Your will and my blessing. Teach me to be humbly thankful for Your gracious chastening. Ever lead me to true repentance, and turn me from my sinful ways so that I may bear good fruit in service to You. Amen.
The Apostle Paul was keenly aware of what he had been and what he had done. He was convicted by the Law, and he understood his rightful end. Paul was also joyfully aware of God’s exceedingly abundant grace which called him out of his sin to faith in Christ—out of darkness and destruction to light and salvation.
The sons in Jesus’ parable represented the “known sinners” with horrendous pasts who were coming to Jesus in repentance, and the self-righteous Pharisees who arrogantly lorded their external goodness over others and felt entitled to God’s blessing. Both sons in the parable were lost. But the most notable character in the parable is the father—patient, forgiving, and wanting nothing but blessing for his sons.