All-Inclusive Grace

My favorite picture of salvation from Jesus is the story of the father and the two sons. The younger asked for his share of the inheritance so that he can go away and do what he wants to do and be who he wants to be. And, we;re familiar with the story, the money runs out, he comes home and begs his father to come back. The father runs out to meet him and brings him back into the family and throws a huge party. And then there's the older son who had stayed the whole time that said "What's going on?" And father's responses, everything that I've always had is yours and has always been yours - calves, goats, everything. Your brother was lost and now is found. Let's enjoy the party together. That is salvation, that the abundance of God is available here and now right at this moment.