There was a man who met his father and asked for his share of property in a rather hasty and impolite manner. This man had an elder brother who was more mature and wise enough to wait for his time because there is time for everything. This young man, however, hastily met their dad, and said, “Father, give me my share of property, now.”
Without hesitation, he collected them and went to a far country, where he wasted all he had – his money and other possessions, in reckless living. I’m sure you are familiar with this parable of Jesus in the book of John chapter fifteen. Jesus, as He is wont to do, said this parable in John 15:11-32 as a continuation of the theme of His message from verse one of the same chapter. There’s a lesson I want us to learn from this.
Luke 15:17 (KJV)
And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
I want you to read the first clause again. The Bible says, “and when he came to himself.” This tells us that that vagabond was not in his right senses as at the time he left the house till he was schooled by the hardship that knocked and floored him. He was beside himself all these while. In his right senses, he should not have done what he did. What man, in his right senses, leaves what belongs to him because of a meagre taste of it and live in a far away country as a slave? What son of a rich man, in his right senses, strays not minding how he would be of help to his father knowing full well that whatever belongs to the father belongs to him as a son? He lost his mind, he lost his senses, he was beside himself, and he faced the music.
Thank God he did come back to himself. In other words, he realized his mistakes and repented of his folly. His father, being loving and gracious, welcomed him with celebration and feast. This is how much he loved his prodigal son. In the same vein, God is ready to welcome home His children who have lost their mind. Paul said, “let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.“ Philippians 2:5. There is an attitude and thought pattern for believers in which we must adhere to in order to enjoy the best of God. We should always think right, because right thinking brings about right living. The prodigal son did not think right. He was besides himself and he lived a reckless life. As believers, we should always reckon ourselves as believers indeed by renewing our mind with the word of God. This is when we can live right and not live a wasteful life – living in our right senses. We should be wise.
Proverbs 23:19 (KJV)
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.
Are you among the Christians who have lost their minds and behaved contrary to the nature of Christ in them? Struggle no more. Today is your deliverance . Would you come to yourself at this moment? The Lord is ready to accept you back into His household.
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.
All you have to do is “arise”. The prodigal son “arose.” That is, he showed readiness and God gave him beauty for his ashes. Are you ready to let go of your iniquities? Are you ready to leave the path of waste and live a life that counts? Do you want to be free from life’s hard knock, defeat and shame? Do you want to be free from the hold, victory and rejoicing of sin over your life? Then, say this prayer with me, “Father, I am sorry to have sinned against you. I forgot how much you loved me and gave me victory over sin and flesh. I lost my mind – my senses, but I am back. Dear Father, receive me. I will always walk with you. I right my wrongs today, never to return to the world. Thank you for the forgiveness of sins through the precious blood of your Son, Jesus. I receive healing now, and the grace to go and sin no more. I am sanctified. Now, I am wise in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.
If you have not yet received Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, the above prayer is for you as well. But, you have to confess Jesus as the Lord and believe in Him.
Romans 10:9-10 (KJV)
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Read that scripture again and let it have meaning to you. If you do as instructed, you will be saved wholly and completely – once-for-all. But it doesn’t stop there, there is a place of growth after salvation. Therefore, I enjoin you to attend believers gathering (church) where you would be taught and trained unto spiritual maturity and wisdom.
I hope this blessed you? Please, share with family and friends. God’s blessed you.