Come back home!!
Imagine being a parent with two sons. As times goes on one of your sons decides to run away from home. You did your best in bringing him up, however as most people think the grass is ‘greener somewhere else’, he makes his decision. How would you feel?
While your child is gone, he is still in your heart, and you yearn for him every day.
This is a summary of what happened in the account of Luke 15 verses 11 to 24:
11And he said, A certain man had two sons:
12And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
13And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
14And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
15And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
19And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
20And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
22But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
23And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
24For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
This is the heart of the Lord to those who have gone astray. You used to service the Lord but you have gone astray. Come back home.
The above account is taking to Christians. Both of them were sons however one decided to leave. When life became difficult, he remembered where he came from. He remembered all the great benefits he had by abiding in the house. Does this sound familiar?
He felt that he had disappointed his father and no longer worthy to be called a son. That was his own opinion and not his fathers own. We should never believe a lie when we fall, as the Lord is faithful to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
But see the heart of his father in verse 22 ‘ Bring forth the best robe etc and let us merry). His father was happy.
Have you gone astray? The Lord is patiently waiting for your return. He will forgive and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.
The world has nothing to offer you, Don’t be deceived, pleasures of this world are but for a brief moment.
Run back to the arms of the only one who died for you. He is patiently waiting for you.
Its time to come back home.