Written by Todd Law
I’ll say to him, ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.’ -Luke 15:18-19
When the prodigal son returned home, he did not comprehend the father’s unconditional love and his capacity to forgive. The son did not feel worthy to come home, and he thought his father would not accept him because of his own transgressions. He figured that if his father did accept him, then his dad surely would not restore him to his previous (and rightful) position as son – a precious child of the Father.
No matter what we’ve done or where we’ve been, God loves us. God does not keep track of the awful decisions that you’ve made, and He does not hold your past against you. God has a vastly different standard for success than our world does. Listen carefully: God doesn’t care about results. That’s hard for our society to understand. God understands that there are many different factors that influence your results and successes. Whereas we are constantly evaluating people on what they’ve accomplished, God is only interested in our hearts. Now, don’t get me wrong, if you have a heart that is truly after what God desires for you, then you will have many rewarding experiences in life and will probably have many worldly successes. However, your life will not be one huge success 100% of the time – by the world’s standards – if you are always pursuing God.
For example, in team sports like basketball and baseball, you can perform to your maximum potential and still not win games if your teammates don’t play well OR if the other team is simply better. In our world’s eyes, your results are a failure. However, in actuality, your individual performance was a success. That’s why God doesn’t grade us on the end results…he is only interested with your motivation in doing what you do – loving Him and loving others. Don’t let your results discourage you…simply do what God is leading you to do.