Jesus Uproots Shame
Do you know that God celebrates when He sees you coming toward Him? Do you trust that? Or does that sound nice and lovely and maybe a little bit untrue?
I ask the question because I think the enemy is hard at work trying to get us to believe all sorts of lies. He would want us to think that maybe God celebrates other people, but surely He wouldn’t be that excited about us. The enemy would want you to believe that God is standing, arms crossed, nodding as you walk back through the door, handing out a list of chores for you to tend to as you work off your penance.
That’s called shame, by the way, and it’s the perfect thing to hold you back from running home.
Shame says that your sin is too big to be overlooked.
Shame says that you are better staying away than fully walking into the very exposing light of the Father.
Shame says that you are destined to feel lost.
Shame says that this is the best it’ll get.
But Jesus uproots shame and all the other destructive lies of the Enemy. He talks about a Father that waits anxiously for you to return to Him. He runs toward you when He sees you taking steps in His direction. He knows already all you’ve done, but He just wants you to come home — because shame isn’t what you are intended for. Your true inheritance isn’t lost. Your place as His child is already secured because of Jesus making a way.
I like to think of shame as one of those things that trips us up and slows us down and stops us from running our race (Hebrews 12:1). Jesus must have known it, because He tells this story. He reminds us, or maybe we’re learning it for the first time — the Father is waiting to celebrate you returning and repenting and reclaiming your place. He wants to throw you a party, not throw you in a corner. Shame has no place in His house.
Think it over:
How could it change how quickly you run to God and repent if you remember that He celebrates and doesn’t shame?