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  • How did I get here?

  • The young man took a long look at his life.

  • He was penniless, homeless, filthy, and starving.

  • You would never know that he had once lived under the loving care of his wealthy father.

  • But he had left home, cut off his relationship with his father, squandered his inheritance

  • on a life of sin, and ended up in this pitiful state.

  • He finally came to his senses, and a deep feeling welled up in him:

  • I need to go back to my father.

  • But he was so ashamed.

  • After all he had done, he wondered whether his father would even want him as a son anymore.

  • In desperation, he decided he would return home and ask to be a servant.

  • He was unaware of the depth of his father's love.

  • Little did he know that his father had been longing for him,

  • waiting and watching for the day he would return.

  • As the young man made his way home, his father spotted him,

  • even when he was still a long way off,

  • and ran to him, embraced him, and kissed him affectionately.

  • Filthy and ragged, the repentant young man confessed to his father his sinful life,

  • telling him that he was no longer worthy to be his son.

  • But his father responded by first clothing him with the best robe

  • and then sacrificing the fattened calf to feed him.

  • With rejoicing, he called for a feast for all to celebrate the return of his son,

  • whom he declared had been dead and now lived again,

  • who had been lost and was now found.

  • Like the son in this parable, each of us will eventually come to the realization

  • that we are lost and need to be found by God, our real Father.

  • We may feel too ashamed to come to God.

  • But the Bible reveals His unchanging and infinite love for us.

  • He longs for every prodigal to come back to Himself.

  • In God's eyes, to be lost is actually to be dead in sins,

  • and to be found is to be saved and made alive in Christ.

  • If we return to God and repent of our sins, we will be cleansed

  • and Christ will cover us like a robe of righteousness.

  • Not only so, like the fattened calf, Christ who was sacrificed for us

  • will also fill and satisfy us inwardly,

  • becoming a rich feast for us to enjoy as sons in the household of our Father God.

  • Our loving and forgiving Father is waiting for us to come to Him.

  • We can do this by praying this simple prayer:

  • "Dear Father, I'm lost and need to be found!

  • I am dead in my sins!

  • Come into my spirit and make me alive in Christ as a son of God!

  • Lord Jesus, thank You for dying for me so that You could cleanse me, cover me,

  • satisfy my hunger, and qualify me to feast with the Father in His house.

  • Amen."

How did I get here?

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