Written by Todd Law
He got right up and went home to his father. When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. -Luke 15:20
God did not sit passively waiting for his child to return. He was actively anticipating his son’s return. There was no prepared speech to try to get his son to “learn his lesson” or become “aware of how much of a disappointment he had been.” The father doesn’t dwell at all in the past or in anything negative. The father is totally consumed with the present and totally consumed with the great news that his son is home.
Too often today Christians doubt the power of God to completely forgive AND forget someone’s past. God does not hold on to the past, He does not focus on the negative, and He doesn’t keep record of wrongdoings. He is willing to forgive and move on. Unlike us, God focuses on the present….He simply doesn’t let the past get in the way of doing great things in the present. Don’t let your past keep you from letting God use you at baseball camp. Furthermore, follow God’s perfect example and do not let someone else’s past keep you from accepting them as a part of God’s family. God has the capacity to use anyone and everyone. Let Him.