“My son was…lost and is found. And they began to be merry.” Lk 15:24 NKJV
Observe what the father did for his Prodigal Son the moment he humbled himself and said, “I have sinned” (v. 18 NKJV), because God will do the same for you. (1) “The father said to his servants, ‘Bring the best robe and put it on him’” (v. 22 NKJV). Can you imagine what this boy smelled like and looked like after wallowing in the muck of a hog pen? Can you identify with him? Good news: God covers our sinfulness in the robe of Christ’s righteousness. And from that point on He sees us “in Christ.” Therefore we are always acceptable in His eyes. (2) “Put a ring on his hand” (v. 22 NKJV). This was the family signet ring used in transacting business. When placed on wax, it was equal to a signature. More good news: God doesn’t partially restore you, He recommissions you and gives you back full authority to do business in His name. (3) “Put…sandals on his feet” (v. 22 NKJV). The Prodigal Son was getting ready to say to his father, “I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants” (v. 19 NKJV). In those days hired servants didn’t wear shoes in public; only sons did. How wonderful—his father gave him the full rights of sonship. (4) “Bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry” (v. 23 NKJV). You don’t fatten a calf overnight! The father had been planning this celebration for a long time. He never gave up on his son. And the word for you today is: God hasn’t given up on you either! Come back to Him and let Him restore you.