July 21, 2020
When He Came To Himself
Luke 15:17-19 (KJB) And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
The scripture about the Prodigal Son can start a firestorm of discussion with some hearts failing to comprehend the magnitude of truth found in these verses above.
This can especially true about these particular words “And when he came to himself…”
Did you get it? The son was out of his head. In other words, his thinking was screwy.
I know you can think of a time when you were in the middle of a situation, and it looked and seemed completely different than what it does after time has passed. You see, this young man got caught up in the fun times in which he lived. He was busy partying and having a good time to realize the events that were taking place about him.
Then, one day he really opened his eyes and took a look at his circumstances. He opened his ears to take in the conversation about him. Only then did he begin to realize that something stunk! Then he understood that the odor was emitting from him! Then you read that this son had his next moves all figured out. He knew just what steps to take next, but he was still relying upon himself, not God.
Don’t try to lead yourself like this young man.
God always has a plan and a clear direction in life, and eventually, this son found his way back to God.
You see, a person cannot live in the garbage dumps of life and not begin to smell like garbage. You might get away with using heroin for a time, but eventually, you are going to inject too much drug or a bad batch, and your life will flash before you. Or you will spend your way into a mountain of debt. One day you will wake up and realize that you have no further credit available and not able to provide any food for yourself and perhaps a family.
When you come to yourself, you will recognize your stench before God. You will see the spiritual horror at work in your life. Only when you are willing to come back home, to sit at the table with God, can any person recognize the extent of his sin and the spiritual loveliness available with God.
God is The Father in this account; perhaps the son is you. Maybe it is time for you to take a serious look at your state of affairs and to hear what God has to say. Only then will you recognize the sin at work in your life and the grace available in personally meeting with God and apply His lasting perfume.
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