What do you want to do with the Prodigal Son?

The voice on the other end of the phone said

‘What do you want to do with the Prodigal Son?’

There was a short pause and then encouragingly they said ‘Save’.

This happened a while ago when I was preaching at a church about the parable of the prodigal son. I had sent through the PowerPoint file and video clips in advance using a cloud based file sharing website and the person downloading the files just wanted to check they were doing so correctly.

When you choose to save a file to a computer, you do so to keep it.

I love the way that this everyday conversation reminded me that when God saves us that he does so to keep us. God wants to welcome us to spend eternity with him.

In the parable, the Father welcomes his son home even though the son had previously rejected and had caused him lots of pain.

The Fathers response might have been to reject or to cause pain in retaliation but instead, in response to the question ‘What do you want to do with the Prodigal Son?’ The Father chose:

SAVE 🙂 🙂 🙂

We have received such grace from God the Father, how will we share that grace with those around us each day?

You can read more about the Prodigal son in these posts:

Do we really believe that we are loved unconditionally by God?

The One About True Love

Prodigal Son Craft Activity

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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