After the series on the prodigal son, we are left with the lingering question; "what does it mean to come home to the Father?" God is embracing us without any work on our part? Really? Whether we are coming home from a distant country of sin, or the backyard of legalism, we are left to navigate the Father's embrace. What does God want to do now that you are home?
The book of Isaiah gives us some insight into these questions. Jesus quotes Isaiah 61 at the inauguration of his ministry. It is a chapter filled with hope. This hope is centered on the fact that deep, authentic transformation is available to us! The most important thing you can do with the gospel is believe it. How does God want to transform you? For those living in poverty, God promises good news. For those who are broken hearted, God promises whole hearts. For those in bondage, God promises freedom. For those who grieve, God promises comfort. Ultimately, it is for his glory that you are transformed. As people see your story on display, God is glorified. We are transformed because of how great Jesus is, not because of how great we are for Jesus.
Here is the bottom line for us at Imago Dei Community: The world does not need more large churches filled with converts, it needs radically transformed disciples. How can we pursue this together?