One of our values at Whitestone is that we REACH FOR ONE MORE.
The compassion and grace God bears for the lost is heavy in Luke 15 through the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Thinking he would be fulfilled in this world, the prodigal left everything and everyone to spend his inheritance. This resulted in losing it all leaving him bankrupt, starving, alone and ultimately desperate.
Coming to his senses, the son heads back to the place from which his inheritance came, empty handed, humiliated, yet humbled. The son, expecting nothing but to be treated like one of his father’s hired servants when he arrives is greeted by his father before he is even able to make it home.
His father reached for him, embraced him and celebrated him where he was, because in returning he went from lost to found; from death to life.
The father reached for his son, a beautiful picture of how Jesus reached for us. We were the one prodigal, the one lost coin, the one stray sheep and he came from heaven’s glory to find and embrace us. This theme even threads its way into Jesus’ last breaths on earth. He wins one more soul, the thief hanging next to him on the hill of Golgotha, robbing the thief from hell.
At Whitestone, we are desperate to follow Jesus’ example in searching for the one, embracing the lost and welcoming them home. Ultimately, we exist to rob hell to fill heaven!
We are called to walk in this same way of Jesus in compassion, grace, truth, love, and in forgiveness.
To reach one more.
To walk with one more.
To rejoice with one more.
To win one more.
To celebrate one more.
So remember where He found you today. Be desperate to reach for the one who stands where you once stood, outside of your identity in Christ.
We won’t ever stop reaching. Neither should you.
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!” And Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
You can help us reach for one more in Austin through your generosity!
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Tauren + Lorna Wells