As a teacher, I would always tell students to consider that the further away from home they go to school, the less trips home they’d get to make. Why? Because of the expenses of airfare and other means of travel associated with a longer distance. Being closer to home, would provide them the luxury to visit home more often which would be beneficial when they missed their loved ones.
Today, I asked myself a question,”What if it was that way with God?” What if the further we strayed away, the less likely we would be able to come back to Him? I don’t even what to entertain such an idea because I’ve been there. I’ve strayed away from God only to feel the torment that comes along with broken fellowship with Him. So, I’d certainly not want to be in that position again, God forbid.
However, the truth is just the opposite. There are no penalty guidelines as it relates to our salvation in regards to the amount of sin in our lives. Jesus changed all of that on the cross and I am so very grateful. I am grateful that a wretched soul like mines can come back to the Father and be restored. Prodigals like us can come back and run into the open arms of our Father. In fact, no matter how far we go, He still beckons us to come home. Even when we are drawn away by our own iniquity, He patiently waits for us. In fact, He pursues us and tugs at our hearts. I’m so glad about that. Aren’t you?
So dear friends, regardless of how far away we go, we can always back home. Our Father is waiting to bring us in, love us, clean us up, clothe us with His grace, and cover us in His righteous. He desires to have all of His children close to Him…WHOEVER let him or her come. No matter what shape you’re in…Come.
As Cory Asbury sings, “Lay your burdens down. You’re in the Father’s house. Check your shame at the door. It ain’t welcome anymore. Your in the Father’s house.”
Come back home! He is waiting. He has everything you need. You’re always welcomed in the Father’s House.
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