November 16th, 2018
Let the Celebration Begin!
Luke 15:22-25 (KJB) But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. 25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
There was a great celebration in these verses because a man’s son was dead and was made alive!
Sadly, a party like atmosphere is not how a heart fired up and coming back to Christ often happens today. Frankly, it can often be more like a funeral procession. A child is naturally found to be in great opposition to things of God, therefore, he often falls into rebellion and denial about things of God making it necessary to choose to acknowledge His presence and power.
Sometimes, like the Prodigal Son, a man falls away from following God.
The road he must follow back to a proper relationship with God entails a man crawling back to God rather than running at his top breakneck speed. Often, he is barely able to keep his head above the rising water. He is worn down and exhausted and looking for someone who will understand his dilemma. God always understand the situation we find ourselves wafting in, but at times even mature Christians fail to reach out and help another person in need, spiritually and physically for we often live planted too deep in the land of self not encumbered about the burdens of others.
Think about your own life, you did not automatically serve and savor all things of God. You most likely can remember a time of rebellion and perhaps even mutiny against things of God, though you professed a spiritual personal relationship with Him. It was in this turn, or revolt against God that someone was able to capture your undivided attention and tune you back to things of God.
Though there is a likely a celebration in heaven as a man or woman come crawling back to reinstate their acknowledgment in agreement with things of Christ, on this earth, there is rarely any party-like atmosphere for a heart that has been revived for serving Chris rather than himself. These days, sadly, a man is more likely to get way more excited about the win of a favorite sports team than in a saving heart work in a sister or brother in Christ.
Perhaps it is time for the men and women of God to get busy serving God and to get excited when a wayward heart follows God’s spiritual pathway laid out in 2 Chronicles 7:14 allowing God to revive his slumbering spiritual heart. A rekindled heart is a cause for great celebration.