When You Need Home

When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. Luke 15:14


The prodigal son squanders everything in sinful loose living and then famine strikes. He happens to hire out to help a farmer who sends him to feed the pigs. While he is there with the pigs, hungry and considering eating the pods the pigs are eating, it is at that moment he has a new thought.


Within this thought is the remembrance that no one is in need in his father and mother's home-- home of clean living and God loving. The prodigal says, "I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you." v. 18


Jesus gifts us with this His parable of the prodigal's great need. The prodigal's choice to go home is the right one. The prodigal son walks the return road home to find that his father has been watching for his son to return home all this time. His father sees him, goes to him, and reaches out to him with embrace. At this tender time the son confesses his sins to his father and says, "I am no longer worthy to be called your son." vs. 21.


Sin has shown the prodigal son a domino effect -- he has lost or squandered everything. Someone has said: Until sin be bitter Christ cannot be sweet. When we truly experience the bitterness of our sins then Christ's sweet forgiveness and grace transform us. We make changes which others see. We are different. We avoid sin, refuse it, and reject it.


Some folks may wait until they take their last breaths here on earth before they choose to get right with Christ. Yet, we are home with Jesus Right now. We confess and are forgiven. Now is the time, not later. Turn home to Jesus for He has His eyes on you, watching for you to come home to Him.


23 Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. John 14:23



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