They say home is where the heart is.
We all get lost from time to time and need help finding our way home. This may be caused by poor upbringing, or bad circumstances, or our wants and desires for something better. But the fact of the matter is, home is where we belong. So how do we find our way home if we get lost?
The prodigal son is a common story, a Sunday school story, a lost and found, if you will type of story that starts and ends in a home.
It’s a story about a Father, 2 sons, and a farmer that the younger son attaches himself to, in the time of adversity.
So as the story goes there was a certain man who had 2 sons, the younger of the two asked for his portion, his substance, his wealth, his inheritance.
We assume that because of this he must have been greedy… But this young man was not greedy. This isn’t a “rags to riches” type of story. He didn’t grow up on the wrong side of the tracks; he didn’t grow up in government housing. He grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth. He was born into money.
Asking for his portion wasn’t going to make him richer, he already lived in a palace. He had servants feeding him, waiting on him, taking care of him, running bath water for him, ironing clothes for him. He was blessed; he was living the good life some would say…
We’re not looking at a young man greedy or lusting for money, were looking at a young man that was lusting for control.
This young man wanted to be in control of his future. It wasn’t enough to be living the blessing, he said: “I want you to give it to me, so I can do what I want when I want, however, I want, and with whoever I want…”
The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. (Luke 15:12)
The younger son asked for it, but the father divided it between both of his sons. They both got a blessing, but isn’t it funny how getting blessed will change some folks? Some people get blessed and stay the same, but others get blessed and all of a sudden they act like they don’t know you anymore…
The younger son got his blessing and stayed in the house for a while but it wasn’t too long before he became restless. And restlessness will cause you to make some bad choices. Restlessness will cause you to do things you wouldn’t normally do. Restlessness will cause you to leave your home in search of something better.
There is another character in this story that I forgot to mention. He is the villain of the story, the enemy if you will. And although he isn’t mentioned he plays a major part in the story. This enemy doesn’t come to the forefront very often; he likes to stay in the background and in the shadows. He plays around in our thoughts, preys on our weaknesses and manipulates our minds. He steals our joy, kills our dreams and destroys our life. Some might call him that little red devil that sits on your shoulder, telling you not to listen to the angel on the opposite shoulder.
The enemy in this story used restlessness, as well as lusts, to manipulate a blessed young man into leaving his home. A home where he had everything he needed; a home where he had family and friends; a home where he was loved; a home where he was blessed.
Blessed isn’t tangible or visible. It is described by some as “an invisible state of being where the favor of God is upon your life.”
It has nothing to do with what kind of clothes you wear, or what kind of car you drive, or how big your house is, or how much money you have in the bank. Because you can be broke, busted and disgusted, and still be blessed. You can ride to work on a bus, or walk to school in hand me down shoes and still be blessed.
Blessings aren’t dependent on your finances, or your social status.
The enemy knows that this young man in the story is blessed, but in order to steal his joy, kill his dreams and destroy his life, he’s got to get him out of the place where he is blessed—the home.
“A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. (Luke 15:13)
He thought he could tackle the world, but the world tackled him.
When I was out there in my “far country” I wasted not only money but also time. I spent years trying to do things my way, years trying to control things, years trying to fit in somewhere. When all along God already had a place for me, a place called home. I moved out of my parent’s house as soon as I could, because I wanted my independence, I wanted my freedom, I wanted to be in control of my life. But that proved to be a big mistake. The world swallowed me up and took everything from me including my freedom. I was manipulated just like the young man in the story.
About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. (Luke 15:14-15)
This young man was once wealthy, royalty, blessed, living in a palace, but now he finds himself broke, in a far country living in a pig pen.
I grew up in a good home with loving parents, that took care of me and provided for me, but a few years after leaving home, I found myself in places that I shouldn’t be. I found myself with people that I shouldn’t be with. I found myself doing things that I knew better than to do.
You never know how low you will go until your back is against the wall and you have nowhere to turn.
The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. (Luke 15:16)
This boy used to eat Filet mignon, ribs, lobster, and maybe even caviar, but now he’s willing to eat pig’s food because he’s so hungry.
It’s funny how circumstances in life will change your perspective and outlook on things.
“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home, even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! (Luke 15:17)
This young man has found himself in a tricky situation. He is lost, alone, broke and hungry.
How could someone that came from something all of a sudden have nothing?
How could someone that has it all end up with nothing at all?
How could someone so blessed end up so stressed?
I’ll tell you how—there are forces working against us, haters out to get us, critics out to convict us, and enemies out to destroy us.
These villains get in our mind and attack our thoughts and lead us down paths that we should not travel. And if we don’t find the keys to get back home we will eventually accept a world filled with pain and suffering, a world filled with failures, disappointments, and depression.
The young man in the story found the keys, and this tragic story has a happy ending . Once he came to his senses he went back home and his Father who was worried sick about him, didn’t punish him or scold him or yell at him. Instead, he embraced him, kissed him, dressed him with royalties and threw a party for him. He said: We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began. (Luke 15:24)
The prodigal son made a big mistake leaving the house, he made some bad choices along the way and he almost went over the edge, but instead, he did three things.
These three things are the keys to finding your way back home.
1. Come To Your Senses
He realized where he was and what he was doing. He rose above his situation and saw how bad of a place he was in. Realizing where you are in life is the first key to finding out where you are in life. And finding out where you are will help you get to where you need to be. In order to find your way home, where you belong, you must come to your senses.
2. Get Up
He messed up, he was down and out, but he didn’t stay that way. He didn’t throw a pity party, he didn’t come up with a bunch of excuses…He didn’t wait until he got his act together, he didn’t wait until he got cleaned up, he didn’t wait until he got up the courage, he didn’t wait until it was convenient, he didn’t wait until he smelled better, he didn’t wait until he bought some new clothes. Instead, once he came to his senses, he got up and immediately came back to the Father.
The second key to finding your way back home, where you belong is to get up from where you are. Don’t let people, places or things hold you down. Rise up from those strongholds, break those chains, get up from the pig pin.
3. Humble Yourself
He came to his senses, he got up came back to the Father, and he humbled himself. He admitted his wrong doings, his mistakes, his shortcomings, and his sins.
The third key to finding your way back home is to humble yourself and admit what you did was wrong. We all make mistakes, and we all get lost from time to time. But the key is to not stay that way for long. If you’re lost, then use these keys to find your way back home. Back to where the love is, back to where the protection is, back to where the blessing is.
One more interesting fact about this story that needs to be brought up is how the older brother reacted to this party that the younger brother was receiving. When the older brother heard what was happening and saw the younger brother getting all the attention, and gifts, he refused to come into the house.
He was all bent out of shape because he didn’t leave and waste all of his money on wild living, he stayed home, and yet he never received a party or blessings like this.
So the father came out and said, “Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours.” (Luke 15:31)
The older son had it all but was focusing on the wrong things—the gifts.
The gifts are not what are important. What’s important is the giver of the gifts.
Gifts run out, gifts fade away, but the giver will never leave you or run away from you.
Stay at home with the giver and you will have all the gifts you ever need. Stay at home with the giver and you will have love. Stay at home with the giver and you will be blessed!
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