“The younger son…journeyed to a far country.” Lk 15:13 NKJV
The story of the Prodigal Son is especially applicable to backsliders. It speaks to those
who have been raised in church, know God’s Word, have felt His presence, understand
His claims, and once served Him. But like the Prodigal, they’ve “gone to the hogs.” Notice,
he’s not called the Prodigal Sinner but the Prodigal Son, because he still belongs in the
family. For the next few days let’s look at why people leave the church. First: Because the
blessings of Father’s house become commonplace. Notice, he didn’t appreciate what he
had until he lost it. Notice also, his father didn’t kick him out of the house, “[he] took his
journey into a far country” (KJV). He left of his own free will and came back the same way.
What’s the point? If God’s love can’t hold you, His power won’t force you! It’s your willing
obedience that God finds pleasure in, not conforming to a set of religious rules because you
are afraid of going to hell. Jesus told the story of a king who planned a wedding feast and
invited different guests. What a privilege. “But they made light of it and went their ways,
one to his own farm, another to his business” (Mt 22:5 NKJV). Are you too busy for God?
Have you gotten used to His blessings and decided you want something different? Be
warned, the road you are on leads to one place only: the hog pen. Stop, turn around,
repent and come home while you still can. No matter how badly you have failed, your
Father is waiting to take you back.
Mon, March 3, 2014 @ 5:05 PM
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