Return to Him
I have been witnessing a lot of different situations where people are turning from The Lord. They think somehow the grass is greener on the other side. It really saddens me but it happens all of the time. Every single Christian that claims Jesus is the Lord of their life has struggled with some type of regression or backsliding in your walk. Jesus knew when you accepted him that you would still sin. There is a “grey” area on this topic in my own personal opinion. Once you: acknowledge that Jesus, the son of God came down to earth as a man, was crucified on a cross for ALL of your sins (past, present, and future), he made a way for you to have eternal life by laying His own life down to pay the price for your sins, admit that you are a sinner in need of a savior, and make him Lord of your life; you are His.
Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
“ For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
You belong to Him. It says in scripture that nothing can separate you from the Love of God. Nothing. There are too many people that think you have to be in a certain “level” of good. I believe a good amount of people don’t come to church simply because they feel they don’t belong. Maybe they feel they don’t belong because they use drugs, living with a boyfriend/girlfriend, or even something simple as they are mad a God and just can’t go to church. Those are lies. The church is FOR sinners to come to Jesus. I have been in churches that have put pressure on you for appearances, knowledge, and behavior. This really upsets me. There are people who don’t know Christ well and really believe that you have to do step 1, step 2, and step 3 to even go to church. If you want to go even further up in the church you are expected to do step 4, step 5, and step 6. If you fail to do those things you are unworthy or don’t belong.
If you go and study those red letters that are in the New Testament you will learn who Jesus is. You will learn that he could not care less about appearances, money, knowledge, or even behavior. What did Jesus really want? What is Jesus wanting from you today? Your heart. That is all. You give your life to Jesus and allow him to rule in your life then He has your heart. You don’t go spend years trying to get “good enough” for him, if that were the case He was crucified on that cross in vain. You go to Jesus broken and in need because you realize you can’t and don’t want to live without Him. It is when you accept Him that you begin to change. When you experience His love, presence, and blessings you can’t help but change.
If you have recently turned away from God, quit going to church, or just returned to your old way of living; I am here to tell you that God wants you to return to Him.
This idea that once you return to sin and have turned away from Him, and that’s just the way it is, is a lie. We all sin after we have been saved, and some even fallen back into sinful ways for months or years, but God still wants you to return to Him. You are never too far gone, there is absolutely no way that He will reject you, or make you do any type of ritualistic routine to undo your sin. Your sins were all covered at one time on the cross at Calvary. Jesus has overcome the power of sin and death, so that we wouldn’t’ have to.
The devil likes to place this guilt and apprehension in your mind when you sin. Satan loves to place guilt, shame, confusion, and the feeling of exclusion the moment you start on the wrong path. I am about to type an important sentence. Where you are now is not your final destination. I was reading “The Parable of the Lost Son” in Luke, and that was really what inspired this blog. I have worked mostly in places that help people with life-controlling addictions. This has allowed me to see so many beautiful women become free, but then go back to their old life-style. They think that once they have “messed up” it’s over. They accept that they have failed and stay in the addiction, and too many end up dead whether physical from the drugs, or a spiritual.
Luke 15:11-32 (NIV)
The Parable of the Lost Son
“Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.”
“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.”
“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father.”
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.”
“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”
Why do you think Jesus told this story? I think it was because He knew that people would turn away, makes mistakes, and have to learn things the hard way. He left us this story for us to know that it doesn’t matter what you have done, just return to Him. Did the father in this parable go and chase his son down and drag him back home? No. Did he make him work for him and eat with the pigs? No. The son returned, admitted his faults and asked what he could do to be able to stay. (Repentance) His father embraces his son, kisses him and request the fattest calf, gives him a ring, and rejoices in dance. The other brother was mad, but why? He thought that his brother did not deserve such a great welcome home party. He may not have but the father still was only focused on the fact that his son was once lost and now he is found. No questions asked. Jesus told this story so we could relate to it. This is how God is with all of His children.
Just return to him.