“While he was still a long way off.” (Luke 15:20) While he was still a long way off, he was seen by the eyes of love. While he was still a long way off, the heart of the Father leaped within him. While he was still a long way off, the Father left the house and ran out to embrace, and to kiss, his son. All of that happened while he was still a long way off. He didn’t even have a chance to give the Father his speech.
What is it about us that feels the need to put conditions on unconditional love? Even the son did it: “I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.” Luckily his sonship was not dependent upon his worthiness. And you know what? Neither is ours. Thanks be to God!
Thank you, Heavenly Father, that you love us even while we are still a long way off. I, for one, have not yet arrived; I still get it all wrong far too often. My life is still a mess at times. Thank you that all of that doesn't keep you from loving me, running to me, wrapping your arms around me, and kissing me. I certainly do not deserve it. It is all grace and I thank you for that. Amen.