“But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.’”
—Luke 15:22 ESV
The “Prodigal Son” had returned, full of shame and ready to deliver a well-rehearsed apology to his father.
Have you ever felt disqualified by your past? It is clear that the young man in this story felt that way because as soon as he saw his father, he said this: “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son” (Luke 15:21b ESV).
The son had more words prepared (see Luke 15:18-19) but his father didn’t let him finish. Cutting him off mid-speech, he called some of his servants and ordered them to bring a robe, a ring and shoes for his son.
The robe, ring and shoes were symbols of belonging and authority. The father not only accepted the son back home but also restored him to his position within the family.
This story teaches us that there are no “second-rate” children of God.
The mistakes of your past do not affect the love that God has for you and they can’t cancel the purpose that He has for your life.
Remember that when your past tries to convince you that you are unqualified to fulfill the calling that God has for you today.
Here is a short prayer to carry with you today:
Breathe in: You welcomed me home;
Breathe out: I belong here.