We are on the heels of football season and we get excited about defensive takeaways. They are exciting and generally speaking the team with the most takeaways wins the game. A game without a few takeaways lacks excitement. A takeaway is the result of either a fumble recovery or an interception. In some cases a takeaway can be the result of a missed or blocked Punt or Field goal.
Now we will transition into the story of the PRODIGAL SON. Pick up your Bible and read it for the umpteenth time. You will find it in Luke 15. There is so much Christ wants us to take away from this passage. My purpose in this article however, is to give us two simple “take always.” “What did I learn about God, how will this apply to my life, what do I do now, where do I go from here?” It can be frustrating to leave scripture without an obvious takeaway.
1) Followers of Jesus want to see prodigals redeemed. This is difficult because we all have a deep sense of justice. Does a crime not deserve a punishment? Jesus truly does want all to come to repentance and live forgiven victorious lives. Do you remember where you came from? If it were not for God’s mercy where would you be now?
2) Followers of Jesus ought to run out to those who return to Jesus. We are to run to them full of grace, mercy, and forgiveness. I would say we should be running out to even those who do not want to return to Jesus. It is difficult to do this because failure is the most common outcome and we do not respond well to failure. It comes down to choice. As followers of Jesus I see that we have a responsibility that supersedes our fear of rejection.
As a former runner I know how difficult it can be to run after taking a “three year break.” We have to start somewhere even if it is with a walk. There is no good reason to sit around waiting for sinners to come to Jesus. Go out and get your spiritual run on!
In His Service,