Respecting the Father
In the parable of the prodigal son, the love of the father drove him to extreme measures just to demonstrate his love for his son.
In the father's willingness to humiliate himself, we see the image of the cross. God was willing to humble Himself to come to earth, not as a king, but as a lowly servant to mankind. The God of the universe was willing to be spat on, disrespected, and crucified to draw us home again to His loving arms. Though He had the power to control the very tides and stars, He gave us the freedom to stay in the far country or come home again to live in the security of His love and protection.
Some people today are indifferent toward God, almost as if He is dead. But God is very much alive and present, whether you acknowledge him or not. His heart is breaking if you choose not to live in close fellowship with Him every day.
Are you respecting your Heavenly Father? Some people take all of the resources and blessings of God to spend selfishly on sin and pleasure. In the process, they lose their most precious blessing - a relationship with the Father.
Prayer: Father, I pray that You would reveal to me if I have become distant from You. Reveal any hardness or dissatisfaction in my heart. Help me to return to You, knowing that You are always there ready to run to meet me. Amen.
"But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you" (Psalm 130:4).