“Every sinner has a future . . . and every saint has a past.” I do not know who to attribute this temporal and spiritual quote, but I believe this phrase to be true.
We are coming up on another new year. For some of us, 2014 brought a few regrets. For some of us, it brought jubilation. Some of us spent part of 2014 as brand new Christians. Welcome to the fold! 2015 holds the promise of God’s love and guidance.
But, what about repentance? One of the last phrases Jesus uttered on earth was, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Even facing the cross, Jesus thought of humanity, with these prophetic words of love and acceptance.
Of the many stories Jesus told during His earthly ministry, the story of the Prodigal Son came down, be it oral tradition or be it the written word, as one of the most famous of stories.
It tells the story of a foolish son who asks his father for his inheritance, and then goes into the city and squanders this wealth along with his place in the family. Then, one day, broke and broken, the son returns. In spite of grumbling of his older brother, the father re-instates the prodigal son to his position and acceptance in the family.
We have all fallen short of the glory of God. God knows this, and we ought to be aware of this. Yet, we all have a future. Just as the prodigal son returned to the family, so is our Father in Heaven awaiting each one of us with great anticipation and hope.
Perhaps as we watch fireworks, or Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, we might reflect a few minutes on what we will do in 2015 to deserve a God so great.
Remember, “When God closes a door, He opens a window. But that is usually to let the stink out!” Have faith.
P.S. The story of the Prodigal Son can be found in the Christian Bible, New Testament, Luke 15:11-32
You may read about the words of Jesus as He was being executed in Luke 23:34