Luke 15:21 and the son said to him, Father I have sinned against heaven and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called your son.
Like God a certain man gave all to his son that asked it of him. How much more God will give us that ask of him? This boy took the goods and went to a far land. He went away from his father and wasted all his substance. He got himself entangled with the world. He found himself eating with the hogs that ate slop. He came to himself and shook the slop off of himself. He thought to himself of his father and returned home.
How much more was his life changed after he loosed himself from the bondage of the world system? Donít let the Devil shift us out of our rightful place with God. When we come to ourselves; our life too changes for the better. Godís amazing grace brings about salvation when we shake off the sin that keep us bound.
The natural father gave and loved his son, how much more are we worthy to be used by God? This young man didnít feel worthy to be his fatherís child. He felt he wasnít worthy of the position to be called his son. He didnít feel worthy to be a part of his fatherís kingdom. He didnít feel he was worthy to be named among his family.
Donít waste what God has given us. Here we see the spirit of two brothers. Itís always a war or battle between God and Satan; so it is between two brothers in the earth. One had his share and the other had all that his father had. One had a compassionate heart and the other was not willing to show compassionate. One gave all he had to the world and the other wanted not to share even with his brother. One was lost and came to himself while the other would remain lost in his worldly goods. The one returned and repented while the other knows nothing of repentance. Itís always two spirits warring with man in the earth, the Spirit and the flesh. Donít let the Devil shift us out, we need to come to ourselves too!
This young man took a journey into a far land that can be called the ďCell of HellĒ. When he left his fatherís house; he also left God. He left the confines of his covering. He took on a spirit of being a god in his own right. Revelation 2:20 says behold I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him and he with me. As he partied and wasted his substance he didnít count up the cost of not having anything although he found himself there. He ended his journey eating slop in the hog pens of the land in which he abided. He went from riches to rags. When we find ourselves in the cell of hell we beguile ourselves. This man voluntarily beguiled himself of his reward of sitting on the throne of his fatherís estate.
Thank God that his father was not like most that would have turned him away in shame when he humbly returned to teach him a lesson. God in like manner in no wise will turn us away when we come to ourselves and realize our wrong.
This young man was worthy of his fatherís love. We are also worthy of Godís love even when we have beguiled ourselves of the reward of his love. We too have intruded into things with voluntary humility and worshipped the things rather than God. We too have at some point been vainly puffed up by our fleshly mind. We too have been at some point drawn off by our own lust and seduced to follow what he was put over rather than lead others to God. We are consumed with titles and positions and donít do the work associated with them. Our speech hasnít always been with grace and seasoned with salt. We havenít answered every man as we know we should have. We havenít always given man what is just and honest equally as we our self would want to be spoken to. We too are not worthy of Godís love but He loves us anyway. When we humble our self as this young man did and come to our Father he too will in no wise cast us away.
If we want to be worthy of Godís love we must come to him as humble as we know how and he will pull us out of the cell of hell. He will make us perfect and entire if we continue in prayer and watch we want be so quick to answer in the flesh to things we are confronted with each and every day. After this boy came to his father and repented he was celebrated but his brother saw no need for a celebration. All he saw was his brother had left and now he wants to come back for more of his fatherís goods. We have to change our natural condition by being converted, to God through the work of Christ. This young man was willing to be a servant in his fatherís house; just let him come home again.
If we are to be worthy of God we must accept the work of Christ which is basic for the correct teaching of the Scriptural doctrine or conversion. We are converted from our own natural conscience. We donít have power to change by any moral effort of our own. We canít change ourselves for man canít fulfill the Laws of God them self. To change it requires the action of God by the Holy Spirit operating in the sinnerís heart by the persuasive power of the Gospel of the forgiveness of sin to all who believe. Christ made the sacrifice for us. This young man made the sacrifice needed to go humbly back to the father; how much more should we too come humbly before the throne of grace?
By Christ sacrificial life and death, by his active and passive obedience under the law (Galatians 4:4-5) God reconciled the world unto himself (II Corinthians 5:19). Godís attitude (like this father) to the breakers of his Law has been changed from anger to grace (Romans 4:25, 5:10). This father restored to his son the love that seemed to have been lost on his departure into the cell of hell. God has made known this story to every sinner as well as grace being published to sinners by the ambassadors for Christ. The word preached is a reconciler for sinners to come to God once again.
II Corinthians 5:19-20 says to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christís stead, be ye reconciled to God. Christ was made to be sin for us; he knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
We are converted through the preaching of the Gospel. An appeal is made to the sinnerís intellect that they being willing to accept the proffered forgiveness as his only chance for being restored to worship with God. The Gospel promise actually works faith in the sinnerís heart. The sinner then is able to overcome his natural rebellion against the plan which God has devised for his reclamation from sin and he effects and changes his attitude of unwillingness to one of willingness. The change is called conversion; the essential element in it is the sinnerís faith in the Gospel promise, by which he accepts for himself the forgiveness for Christís sake which the Gospel offers to all (John 17:20, Romans 10:8, I Corinthians 1:23, II Corinthians 4:7, I Thessalonians 1:5, 2:19, Ephesians 1:5, Philippians 2:13).
We have repentance unto salvation; we come into a new light. Because the light has come on in our minds we have a new understanding that is kindled in our mind. A new life begin to throb in us as we hear Godís call of grace and we once again is called his child. Now we can even keep Godís Commandments, reform our conduct and consecrate ourselves to God.
Just as the father in this text received his son to himself again God awaits our coming to receive us to Him. What God wants us to do today will take; a shaking and a loosing of some things on our part. We must loose ourselves form sin; tell Satan to loose us and set us free! We must break out of the cell of hell that we be worthy of Godís love. When we come to Christ the angels celebrate just as this father prepared a celebration for his son. We will always meet with some opposition from the Devil as this son did from his brother. All he wanted to do is come home again; we can too!
The cell of hell causes us to run out of our natural resources quick. Our natural resources are those things we count that makes us; humanly able to do what we want to do to appease the flesh. It is a part of our journey and our development in this world we live in. We have the written Word but donít live it. We have the Truth with us but no life. We also have life with no Truth. We can come to the Light, accept the Truth and live the Word. We can live the Gospel, it is our answer to every down hill experience in life. We can do right; we donít have to want to and canít. Itís time we stop being like the weather saying anyway the wind blow is cool with me. Thatís not true! We are worthy of Godís love; wake up and know it today.