I am still thinking a great deal about alignment... people... stars... mindsets...
"For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to celebrate." - Luke 15:24 ESV
Jesus tells a story in Luke chapter 15 involving a sheep that was lost, a coin that was lost and a family. The father thought his son was lost. None of the lost ones knew they were lost. They coin could care less where it was. The son had a destination.
The Father knew his son was lost but the son was misaligned in his thinking. I have written about this passage before in more detail but this morning (and this last weekend) I have been thinking about it in a new context.
The son had a place at his father's table. He was lost but he returned.
" 'Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.' But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, 'Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!' And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'' " - Luke 15:25-32 ESV
One brother's realignment reveals another brother's misalignment.
Do we value what God values? Do we look at people like He does? The Bible was given to us so we could be realigned to God's mind. Jesus came to find us and show us that we have a place in His family.
The prodigal son 'came to himself' one day and began a journey to return to his place. God wants that for everyone. He wants a house full of joy and laughter.