The Jackson’s had a song out that said” Baby I want you back”
The Book of Romans tells us that if God showed His love for us by sending His only Son to die for us what more than that He would not do.
It would have been much simpler to buy you a house, to give the car and man or woman of your dreams, to make you rich, But God loved us more than that.
Knowing what God did tells us that He is really merciful and gracious and looks on us with such inexhaustible love.
He even said that if I love the birds and feed them, ant I love and take care of you?
You are more important to me.
When Jesus wanted his audience to grasp the passionate love of God for them, he told them three short but powerful stories.
In the book of Luke 15,
All of them memorably illustrate the Father`s longing to find and bring home all of His lost children.
In the third of the stories, a young man from a wealthy family demands and gets his inheritance long before the death of His Father.
I love this story because we all have left at some point.
Isaiah 53:6 ” We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way.
The young son asks and the Father gave it to him, before it was time.
Point number one:
John 15:7 ” Jesus said, If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.
Now the Father had some idea that the son would spend it all and would have to return home, because he kept looking out the door, looking down the road for his son.
God will let you have some things that you want, that you think you must have, that you just can not live without, things that will only bring us happiness for a little while.
Psalm 37:4 ” Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Yes God will give you the desires of your heart, hoping you would make Him the desires of your heart.
We have all done this as parents, Your son is 15 does not have a driver’s license but you let them drive in the parking lot,
Why? because you want to please them, give them some joy, put a smile on their face.
That`s our God He wants to put a smile on your face , joy in your heart.
No one can give you joy like God, His joy is forever.
The son leaves home, he leaves permanent joy for temporary happiness.
The grass looks greener on the other side, but it will soon turn brown, because it does not have the living water( Jesus) watering it.
John 6:35 ” I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
The son leaves home and spends his entire fortune on wild living.
This money was not his, He did not work for it but because he is the son it is given to him.
Point two: What are you doing with your time and money?
All of it belongs to God, He gave it to you, time and money.
The son spent all of it, not a dime given back to the one who gave it to him.
Luke 6:38 ” Give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.
For the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
The son ended up broke and friendless and working in a pig pen.
When we do not give God our time in helping others and giving God back some of the money He gives us to use, we will go broke, if not physically than spiritual.
Have you every been broke Spiritual?
Psalm 51:11 ” David said, Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Judges 16:20 ” Samson did not know the Lord had left Him.
You do not have to go broke physically or spiritual invest time and resources in God`s kingdom.
One day , surrounded by hogs that eat better than he does, he come to his senses. He realizes that even his Father`s servants enjoy a better life than the one he is enduring.
When he realized that the people who does not have his Father`s DNA are living better than him.
In others words the people who have not excepted Christ as their saviour, but they do give and help folks so God bless them. Galatians 6:10 ” Let us do good to all people especially to those who belong to the family of believers. So the Fathers is being good to his servants, so the son knew because he belongs to the father, flesh and blood and we know that blood is thicker than water.
The Father will surely take care of him. So when we come to our senses and know who our Father is, discovering the truth about our Father not what you heard but what you know, you to will come back home. The Father was scanning the road and praying each day to see his wandering son return home at last.
On this day, while the son is still a long way off, the father recognizes the tired silhouette of his boy hobbling down the road.
And what does he do?
Does he sit there with folded arms and scowl on his face and say “well, I knew you would come running back.
He did not say I told you so.
No the Father is full of joy he runs to the son, embraces him, covers his dirty,pigsty face with kisses and we know Jews do not eat pork,this would not stop the father for loving his son. nothing will stop God from loving you, from kissing you, He took the sin off you to kiss you, to get close to you, to hold you in His arms, to call you his own.
The Father treats him to a homecoming party, complete with the best fresh beef in the county. That is the gracious, loving nature of God.
God is not sitting up in heaven, arms crossed, trying to prevent people from entering.
Instead, he stands with arms wide open,trying in all conceivable ways to usher as many people into heaven as possible.
To God Be The Glory