inadequate repentance


devotional post #2007

Luke 15:17=24

Luk 15:17 But when he came to his senses he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have food enough to spare, but here I am dying from hunger!
Luk 15:18 I will get up and go to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against the sky and against you.
Luk 15:19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired workers.”‘
Luk 15:20 So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; he ran and hugged his son and kissed him.
Luk 15:21 Then his son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against the sky and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
Luk 15:22 But the father said to his slaves, ‘Hurry! Bring the best robe, and put it on him! Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet!
Luk 15:23 Bring the fattened calf and slaughter it! Let us eat and celebrate,
Luk 15:24 because this son of mine was dead, and is alive again — he was lost and is found!’ So they began to party.

inadequate repentance

The prodigal’s plans to earn back the money he squandered were hopelessly inadequate. Some people can only see the repentance of the prodigal as the moral of the story. But if you look carefully, you will see that the prodigal does not even have a chance to recount his plans of restoration. Instead, the father showers him with grace and love immediately.

So it is with us. If you think you have to get yourself right with God before you can return to him, you never will. Turn back to your heavenly Father today. Your plans for repentance are inadequate, but his love is not.

LORD, we cannot undo our sin, but we trust your grace, Restore us to you.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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