Series: “PLEASE COME HOME: The Prodigal’s Journey from Shame to Grace”
Sunday, September 17, 2017: “The Road to Ruin” • Pastor David R. Stokes
The younger son’s outrageous demand—that he be given his inheritance immediately—was graciously implemented by his father. No doubt, Dad was disappointed, even heart-broken, at the cold and callous attitude of his boy. In the first message of this series, we looked at the motivations behind the younger son’s selfishness.
Let’s never be afraid to call such things what, in fact, they are: SIN. Sinners gonna be sinning. All the time. All of us. I am prodigal. So are you. The spirit of the prodigal lives in all of us. It’s also referred to often as the “sin nature.” Paul talked about this in Romans chapter seven (I have the passage in the further reading section of this Expectakeaway.
Once he received his father’s “blessing,” the younger son couldn’t wait to get out of town. He didn’t just want to move out—he wanted to go far—very far. And he did. What he didn’t realize, however, was that the pathway he chose was in reality the road to ruin.
Though individual journeys are unique, there are some very predictable commonalities—elements that are part of any journey that leads away from God. You see, the great issues of life are DIRECTION and DESTINY. Spiritually speaking, our direction leads to our destiny, but it is also very true that our ultimate destiny influences our direction.
In fact, when we get the destiny (this could also be referred to as destination) issue clarified, our direction—the focus of our life—will tend to fall in place.
- What is the “direction” for your life—where are you headed?
- What is the ultimate destiny for the Christian?
- What is the ultimate destination for the Christian?
- How are destiny and destination different—and how are they related?