Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet (Luke 15:22).
When I was a girl I always loved to dress up in my mom’s things, especially her jewelry. She had a beautiful necklace that I adored with blue and green stones all around it that caught the light with a thousand sparkles. I played with it constantly. When I put it on, I felt so beautiful and elegant – just like my Mama!
Little girls in mama’s jewelry. Little boys in daddy’s shoes. Children love to borrow their parent’s things because they want to be just like them. But somewhere along the way, those children grow up and reject what they once emulated. They don’t want to be like their parents anymore, they want to be their own person and live their own life. That was the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15. This young man wanted life on his terms so he demanded his share of the father’s estate (essentially telling his father that he wished the old man was dead) and left for the world beyond his father’s house. But wild nights and parties with friends soon exhausted his supply. Alone and hungry, he decided to return home. He was a defeated man and didn’t even think himself worthy to be his father’s son. But his father had never counted his son out. He had looked for him every day. And when he saw him, he ran to him. He told his servants, “Bring the best robe . . . and a ring” (Luke 15:22). The best robe was the father’s robe, the ring was the father’s ring. The overjoyed father was claiming his son again.
I don’t know where you’ve wandered or how long you’ve been away. I don’t know what worldly things you’ve wasted your life on. But I know that God has been watching the road, ready to welcome you home. Take one step toward Him Beloved and He will run to you. Come home child – Your Father is holding a robe and crown of Righteousness for you (Isaiah 61:10, 2 Timothy 4:8).