(Luke 15:17-24, Romans 3:23-24, 1st John 4:19)
“Mercy, You are mercy, You’re the healing for my heart
Worthy, You call me worthy, You’ve loved me from the start”
We return and expect God to be angry with us, to condemn us, to make us earn His approval once again. The truth is, God does the exact opposite. He celebrates our return!
The bridge of the song, “How Beautiful Your Grace,” is a declaration of our worth to Christ. So many times we fix our eyes on our mistakes, we hold onto our shame, and distance ourselves from God. In Luke 15:17-21, the Prodigal Son has come to his senses and plans to return home. When he meets his father, he says, “Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” Isn’t that how we feel most days? When we return to our Heavenly Father, a lot of times we feel like we have to do it with our heads down. We expect God to be angry with us, to condemn us, to make us earn His approval once again. The truth is, God does the exact opposite. He celebrates our return!
In Luke 15:22-24, the father welcomes his son home with open arms! He tells his servants to roll out the red carpet, “Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.” They throw a house party to honor his son’s return home.
He calls us worthy because we are His.
Our Heavenly Father does the same for us every time we return to Him. He doesn’t label us or treat us based off of our feelings or our mistakes. He calls us worthy because we are His.
Romans 3:23-24 says that all have fallen short of the glory of God, but that we are justified by His grace as a gift!
1 John 4:19 says that He loved us first. From the beginning, He loved you. Before you were knitted together in your mother’s womb, He called you worthy and approved of you.
Today, let’s boldly approach our Father with our heads held high, confident that the Creator of it all has loved us from the beginning. We are worthy, because He calls us worthy. He paid the ultimate price for us!
Written by Tyler Roberts