Luke 15: 11 – 32
And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger!…
The story of this prodigal son explains in details what we need to know about sin, repentance, and Gods forgiveness.
As children of God, we are royalties in the household of God. Like the prodigal son, we most times do not recognize the privileges we have in our fathers’ house until we slip away. The prodigal son believed he could experience a better life suiting his desires away from the father, this led him to wander away. Evil desires are the main cause of sin today, the Bible tells us we are never tempted by God but by our evil desires (James 1:13 -15). This explains the perfection in the Fathers house but out of our evil desires come to sin. Therefore, if these evil desires are dealt with, the struggles with sin will be no more.
From our verse of focus notice that Sin drives us away from God as the prodigal son wondered far away from home into a distant country. Not only that he was alone, but he also became vulnerable and lost all. Same thing sin does to us today, it pulls us away from God and places us into a vulnerable state. A state we gradually forget our identity (the name we bear, the greatness of our kingdom, and our authority). It then pulls us as low as associating and feeding with pigs, a state very disgusting to our father (God).
Dear friend most times we do not understand the effect of sin in our lives. God never stops loving us when we sin, He rather mourns. The father of the prodigal son could not stop the boy from making his decisions, the same way we have the free will to either remain in the kingdom of God enjoying its privileges, we also can choose to slip away and end up with pigs.
When the prodigal son recognized he was not meant to associate with pigs he needed to make a move to disassociate himself from the pigs, the owners, his sinful friends, and the land he had strayed to. We cannot claim repentance until we move away from the land of sin. In repentance, there must be a shift. The land here can represent a total change of your ways. There is something great about determination and deliberately executing what you have determined to do. For example, someone struggling with lust, to show a repentant heart must voluntarily move away from environments breeding that lust. Such a person must forcefully take his or her eye off all things stimulating that sinful desire. Making this bold step is saying no to the pigs and their food. Reporting yourself to God in prayers and seeking His help daily is moving away from the sinful land and going back to your father’s kingdom.
Remember, as the father welcomed the prodigal son and rejoiced about his arrival, God will always welcome you (His son or daughter) back into His loving arms. In fact, when we stray away, God is disturbed about us and stays all day longing we come back.
Never, Never, Never let the devil lie to you about Gods forgiveness. His loving arms are open to you today only stop associating and eating with pigs. leave that land and run back to your fathers’ kingdom.
I pray for you that God Almighty will bring to your knowledge any area of your life that needs a change and He (Our father God) will give you the grace to come back to His kingdom. Amen.
God bless you