20 Nov Luke: Day 65
RESTORATION – Luke 15:22
Putting a ring on the Prodigal’s hand is a significant event. The Father was restoring the young rebel back into a place of authority. He was being completely restored to his former position as a son—with all rights and privileges he was entitled to in the family.
“No way!” says the Pharisee. “Heck no,” says the older brother.
But God’s grace holds nothing back!
Galatians 6:1 says, “Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.”
Not, “punish.” Not, “discipline.” Not, “demote, sideline, suspend, judge, ridicule…” or any other such negativity.
The goal of a Christian confronting sin in his Christian brother or sister is to be RESTORATION.
We should expect God to do dramatic, life altering, transformational work in people’s lives—so expect to see full restoration! Expect to see the ring of authority and responsibility put back on their hand!
Joseph’s brothers? Restored.
And many more!
How do you feel about people who are restored to ministry? Are you concerned about the risk? What if they fall again? What if they walk away?
What does this teach us about God RISKING everything in sending His son to die for us? Aren’t you glad He took that risk on you?