Just Go Home:
“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20).
The above quote is from one of my favourite stories in the Bible – the story of the wild (prodigal) son. For those of you unfamiliar with the story, allow me to share it with you…
Jesus told them this story: A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, I want my share of your estate now, instead of waiting until you die. So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and took a trip to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money on wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him to feed his pigs. The boy became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, At home even the hired men have food enough to spare, and here I am, dying of hunger. I will go home to my father and say, Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired man. So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. But his father said to the servants, Quick. Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger, and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening in the pen. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found. So the party began. (Luke 15:11-24).
Why did Jesus tell this story? Here’s some background info. Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such despicable people – even eating with them. Jesus told this story to help people to understand the Father’s heart of love for sinners.
Can you relate to the wild son in this story? Maybe you’ve been living a life of sin, rebelling against your loving Heavenly Father. If that’s you, then follow the example of the wild son today. Come to your senses! Remind yourself that you have a Heavenly Father who loves you, and who is watching and waiting for you to return home.
When you come home, confess your sins to God, saying, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.” The Bible says, “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.” (1 John 1:9). When you humble yourself like this, and acknowledge your need for your Heavenly Father and His loving forgiveness, He will receive you with arms open wide. So what are you waiting for? Just go home!
Pastor Chris Jordan