Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Be sure what you do is thought through!

Once you do what you do, it is hard to undo what you have done! Luke 15:11-19
You know, sometimes we want something, or an idea comes into our head, and nothing or no one is going to change our minds. We want it, we are going to do it no matter what. And in our thinking at the time, whatever the cost it does not matter!

The problem is, if what you wanted was at a wrong time, or the idea we had was just not thought out, or planned a little better, we get ourselves into trouble. The problem with that is, we find it harder to undo!
We allow embarrassment, and feelings of failure, keeping us from making  right decisions now. We try and fix it all by ourselves, because we have let people down and surely, we believe, that is what they wanted to happen.

Well, that is not the case at all. In Luke, we see the parable, or illustration, of a young man who did just that. He wanted his inheritance now. He knew better, he had a plan, he was tired of being under his fathers thumb. He felt he was ready to face the world. Little did he know, he was not in as much control of his life as he thought.

He felt life was only fun and playing, and play he did until all he had was gone. Does this sound familiar at all? Sometimes we view life around us as a playground, or something we have worked hard for and we deserve to have all the fun we desire. Problem with that thinking alone, if we do not plan, not live for the future, we stand to be disappointed and suffer loss. Life is not that simple, life happens!

The son in Luke, found he did not have it so bad at home. Yet how can he go back making such a big mistake and making a fool of himself to boot! He did at the end, what he should have done at the beginning, he thought it through. He realized life was not about the things, the money, or being right and smarter than everyone else.

It was about waiting just a little longer and doing it right. Listening to those around him that have experienced life a bit more. He came to know and understand that no matter what he had done, he could go home. He had someone to turn to in his time of despair and humiliation. Though not knowing the total outcome, he felt if he humbled himself, went to his father as a servant, expecting no more or less, he could at the very least be able to eat.

He experienced a change of heart, he learned about gratitude, and it was not in the things, the money or what the world had to offer. It was knowing he could go to his father, and at the very least, work on the farm. He could not repay what he had taken, he would not receive another inheritance, but what he would receive was grace! He deserved what he got, but what he got he deserved.

When his father saw him at a distance he not only went out to greet him, he ran out to greet him. His father was so relieved that his son had returned home safe. That was more important than any mistakes he had made. His son was home and safe, was lost and now was found, no matter what he had done, he came to his senses and was home.

That is exactly how our heavenly Father, and heaven responds to us, when we come to our senses and turn to Him! Yes we have squandered our lives with wild living. We have wasted a lot of time. And right when we feel we have no where else to turn because we have acted so terribly, Jesus runs up the road to meet us. He takes us as we are, there is nothing we can do or repay. Jesus has taken care of the debt, He has paid the price!

He just wanted us home where we can be safe in His arms. God does allow us to make choices, He does allow us to live our lives as we choose. But He is always waiting for our return. For us to come to our senses and know He was right and had our best interest at heart all along. He sent His Son to pay the price He knew we would never be able to.

Have you made mistakes, have you lived and done some dreadful things that you feel no one would ever forgive you? Please get out of that thinking, there is One, no matter what you have done, you can turn to all you need to do is come to Him.

Luke 15:20-24 "And he rose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am not longer worthy to be called your son. But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to celebrate."

Be part of the true celebration today, ask Jesus into your life He is waiting for your return! Romans 10:9-13