TEMPLE PRØJECT // WHILE A LONG WAY OFF

This past Sunday, Pastor Josh explained the Father's extravagant love for His sons and daughters through the parable of the Prodigal Son.

WHILE A LONG WAY OFF // JOSH NEUROTH

We all know the story of the Prodigal Son — a son receives his inheritance early in life, only to splurge on a lifestyle of partying and waste. Having nothing left, he wishes to return to his father's house to become a servant, no longer believing himself worthy of son-ship status.  

The power of this parable lies in how universally, poignantly relatable it is. Who among us hasn't walked away from the Father’s love in some capacity? Maybe we've made decisions that have left us feeling undeserving of His love and grace, and shame keeps us at bay. Maybe it’s been a slow progression, where the temptations and difficulties of life get the best of us, separating us from Him. I find myself going through the motions of my daily routine, forgetting how much the Father cares about me, and devaluing His inheritance by failing to recognize its true value in the face of guilt, isolation and defeat.  

What we need to remember is this: when the son was still a long way off, the father saw him, rushed out to meet him and welcomed him back into the family as a son [Luke 15:20]. No condemnation. No lost progress. The gap between father and son was filled by a waiting father — in the same way, God waits for us, ready to welcome us fully into His family as sons and daughters.