And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ Luke 15:21
In the 90s, there was a television show called Home Improvement, which starred Tim Allen. If you’ve never seen it before, then let me give you a little background. Tim has a wife and three sons (Brad, Randy and Mark). In one of the episodes, Tim tells his youngest son, Mark, not to play with one of his tools, however; despite the warning, he does it anyway and breaks it. Guilt and shame start to set into Mark’s heart after Brad and Randy make him feel unworthy to be a part of the family. Before running away from home, Mark hides out in a tree house located in the backyard. Tim finds him there and says something very interesting to him. He said, “It doesn’t matter how many times you mess up because I will always love you.”
There are times in our own life when we feel like Mark. God will warn us not to do something and yet we still do it. After sinning against the Lord, that’s when Satan will make us feel guilty and shameful of our actions. He will lie to us by saying, “You’re not a Christian. A real follower of Jesus Christ wouldn’t have done what you just committed. There’s no possible way that God can love you now. He probably just kicked you out of his family. You’re not a child of God anymore.” Doubts of our salvation start to overwhelm us. The good news is our Heavenly Father is just like Tim Allen. God is saying to you today, “It doesn’t matter how many times you mess up because I will always love you.”
In Luke 15:21, we find the prodigal son coming back to his father and admitting his sin. He is so overwhelmed by guilt and shame that he feels unworthy to be a part of his father’s family. However, the father shows his son unconditional love by clothing him. This gesture is symbolic of restoration back into the family.
Luke 15:22- “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.’
God has taken our filthy rags of sin and has clothed us with righteousness through His unconditional love.