COME AS YOU ARE
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Mathew 11:28. God wants us to come to Him no matter what our life is like. He wants us to come if we’re weary and burdened, exhausted and frustrated, sad and depressed. He wants us to come to Him because He is the only one who can fix it. As a good father, He cares for us. And as the King of all, He has the power to take care of us, even to change our lives forever.
This month we’re focusing on examples of God accepting people right where they were and inviting them to know Him. God loves us so much that He meets us where we are and calls us to live a life of freedom!
This week we learned a story that Jesus told about a father and a son. The son asked his father for his inheritance early and hurt his father deeply because of it. After spending all the money and living a crazy life, the son realized that what he did was wrong (and not very smart). The only job that he could find was one feeding pigs. This wasn’t a very good job, and it made him very sad. He had no hope, no future, and no peace in his heart, BUT being there ended up leading him to make the best decision of his life; to go home to his father! He thought that if he went home and apologized for what he did, his father would at least make him a servant even if he was still angry.
Imaging the son’s surprise when he was walking home and his father saw him coming from a distance and RAN to meet him and give him the biggest hug! His father had been waiting for his son to come home, so when it finally happened, the son was immediately welcomed back and a HUGE party was thrown for him! He didn’t even have to live as a servant like he thought. Even though it wasn’t what the son deserved, his father loved him so much that everything he had done was forgiven and forgotten about.
THIS is the way that God loves us. He is waiting for us to realize that we don’t want to live life without him, so that we will coming running back into His arms. He loves us enough to forget everything that we have ever done wrong. He wants us to know that we are His sons and daughters, and we don’t ever have to be afraid to come to Him when we make mistakes. In fact, that’s what he wants us to do!
Discuss the following questions with your child…
1. Have you ever had a time that you were afraid to admit it when you made a mistake?
2. How do you feel knowing that God will never hold those mistakes against us when we ask Him for forgiveness?
3. How does this story show how God loves us?