Today, I read the story about the Prodigal Son (Luke 15).
In this passage, Jesus is teaching sinners about their need and opportunity to make themselves right with God. Which, is needed so much these days... there are people who don't even know God, but then there are people who are struggling in their faith.
This passage just talks so much about how easy it is for humans to rebel against God. And it shows how horrible the son felt when he strayed from God and wasn't communicating with Him at all. When he finally decided to repent, and turn back home... that was a huge step, and it took a lot of courage to do that. People don't like admitting their sin... I mean, who wants to step up and say, yeah... I was doing wrong?
Jesus paid the price for our sin, and when we follow Him... we get the greatest gift ever - eternity with God.
The most difficult part of this story is watching the son stray from God. We see it every day with people we know... and sometimes we don't do anything but watch, and sometimes we help and it doesn't work. But sometimes, we have to just love and pray for them, and wait. And then: "But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found."
The question is, which character are you?