God doesn't love me because I am worthwhile. I am worthwhile because He loves me. His love creates and re-creates the only me there needs to be.
The stay-at-home prodigal son said, "See how worthwhile I am, so love me." The pig-pen prodigal said, "I am nothing and deserve nothing unless my father loves me." We cannot merit the Father's love. He creates us, and we become whole only because He loves us. Praise His Name! What a burden is lifted when we feel the constant warm wind of His love, and it sets us free from having to mold ourselves into an acceptable image all by ourselves. He is the Potter, we are the clay, and we would do well to remember that.
Today is different--as I thought it might be. The house feels warm and safe. Before I have felt lost and alone--cold and shivering on the mountaintop. I prayed so hard that the Father would send the Good Shepherd to bring home the lost sheep. And He did. Now I think I know why this great space of aloneness was given to me. Buried in everyday duties and demands, I would never have looked up or in to see how lost I was or how hard I was working to be acceptable to Him. No wonder I was tired and discouraged. I had assigned myself an impossible task. To be worthy when worthiness comes only because He loves me. I am a child of the King--I have returned to my Father's house, repentant and worthwhile because He loves me still. I can only hope that this great truth dawned on the stay-at-home prodigal before it was too late.
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A fine comparison of the self image of the two sons.
It brings to the fore the fact that each of us live in an egocentric existance. Unless we are able to emotionally as well as intellectually accept that God is the center of the universe (OUR Universe!)that feeling of worth based on works (and the accompanying inability to forgive ourselves for shortcomings) will always haunt us.
"I can only hope that this great truth dawned on the stay-at-home prodigal before it was too late." --I am so glad you included this line. The prodigal son is one of my favorites. I always hear the stay-at-home son being put down, period. This is the first time I have read someone expressing concern over what happened to him. Put ourselves in his place before we pass judgment too harshly. God loved him too. Thank you again for your sharing with us your God-given wisdom. Thomas