The God of Wasteful Extravagance

prodigalI think we should rename a Bible story. It’s always been called the story of The Prodigal Son. But honestly, the Prodigal in the story is really the father!

Here is what the dictionary says prodigal means: wastefully or recklessly extravagant: giving or yielding profusely; lavishly abundant; a person who spends with wasteful extravagance. That best describes the Father in this famous tale of Jesus.

So its the story of the Prodigal Father.

I think it is impossible to overestimate the Father’s passion for and commitment to restoring broken people.

  • He throws a party when lost are found and runaways come home.
  • He rejoices breathlessly when the shattered are renewed and the damaged are repaired.
  • He celebrates wildly when his dense disciples “get it” and act in selfless abandon on Kingdom principles.

The Father loves freedom and is ecstatic when the person bound by addiction walks unhindered and the one trapped in mental or emotional chains is unshackled.

Jesus sings for joy at sicknesses reversed and enemies vanquished.

The Holy Spirit dances exuberantly when dry bones live and lepers get new skin.

The triune God is purposeful and passionate about rescuing Jonahs who are thrown overboard and plucking sinking Simons from life’s storms.

Simply put: God is more committed to restoration than sinners are to rebellion–He never gives up on any of us, even when we give up on Him.

There is no life so broken that the Bruised and Wounded One cannot rebuild it!

(Thoughts from Luke 15)

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