At a very young age, and throughout my life, I experienced God and knew there was a call on my life to do more for His kingdom. I wish I could say I always kept that call on the forefront of my mind, but sadly, I didn't. If anything, I tucked it away deep down inside, along with all the hate, anger, fear, bitterness, shame, and other dark emotions that followed me throughout life.
As I sit here thinking of what to write, many of my past failures begin flooding my mind. But quickly I am reminded that His strength is made perfect in weakness. I am reminded that He hasn't called me to be perfect, He has called me to be willing. God knew all my weaknesses and failures before the foundation of the world even began, yet He still called my name. The words of David in Psalm 8:4 echo in my mind, and I ask, Who am I that You are so mindful of me?
I am truly overwhelmed by the love Jesus has for us.
I am reminded of the prodigal son, a young man who had the audacity to demand his inheritance from his father. Spending all his money foolishly on wild living, he ended up at rock bottom—alone and starving to the point that the pigs’ food was enticing. After the son faced the shameful realities, and consequences, of the life he thought he wanted, he realized there was a better way. He realized he could go back to his father.
And that’s what he did.
(Luke 15:20, KJV)
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and
had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
It’s time to arise. I don’t know what’s caused you to leave or to distance yourself from your Father, but He is eagerly waiting for you to come back to Him! Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8). His goodness is from everlasting to everlasting (Psalm 103:17).
(Matthew 11:28, KJV)
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
He will make all things new!
(2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT)
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a
new life has begun!
I am determined to never again be like the prodigal son, living life foolishly and squandering the purpose God has for me. I refuse to be like Jonah and ru