Tuesday, April 12, 2016
An Outgoing God... a short reflection on Luke 15:28
But today in v 28 I noticed something I hadn't really thought of before... When the elder son came home he refused to go in to the party, he was upset about what the younger son had done and how he was being welcomed back... it say that the father went out to him as well... he went to reason with him affirm his place in God's family and invite him to come and join the celebrations...
WE have an outgoing God who goes out to welcome us back home, from the lostness of sin and of joyless self righteousness. A god who goes out to embrace and to engage, to comfort and to confront both were acts of love, both to call us back to his family together.
Nicky Gumble in his One Year Bible comments says that we are left with a cliff hanger will the elder son come in and be reconciled with his father and his younger brother or walk away... That is the punchline of Jesus story to the pharisees and scribes who were concerned about Jesus spending too much time with sinners and tax collectors. It is a cliff hanger often for the Church as well...
Thank you Father God For being such an outgoing God.
see a prayer I worte for public worship based on this reflection.