DAY 26: FRIDAY, MAY 8TH
One of my favorite parables that Jesus tells in scripture is the parable of the prodigal son. It's a story of a young man who selfishly takes his inheritance, blows it on lavish living and returns home to his father a broken man expecting to be a slave in his father's house. But, instead of becoming a slave his father welcomes him home, puts his finest robe on him and throws a massive party to celebrate.
This is who our God is. Though we have acted sinfully and have squandered our inheritance, when we repent and come back to him he not only accepts us back into the family he celebrates and restores our inheritance.
You see what Jesus does for us on the cross is he makes it possible for us to take off our old dirty clothes and put on his new robe of righteousness even though we don't deserve it. And once we put that new robe on there is no going back to the old. From that point forward we are to live a new life. A life lived knowing the sacrifice that was made for us and striving to honor Jesus with every thought and action.
QUESTIONS TO REFLECT ON
1. How has/is the gospel changing you?
2. In what ways are you tempted to go back to trade in your "new robes" for your "old clothes."
SCRIPTURE TO REFLECT ON
I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Psalm 61:10
Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. Ephesians 4:21-24