Series: “PLEASE COME HOME: The Prodigal’s Journey from Shame to Grace”
Sunday, September 24, 2017: “SIN: Choices & Consequences” • Pastor David R. Stokes
We’ve now reached the point in the story when the wheels start to fall off this guy’s party limo, as they always will when we run from God and disobey his commandments. The prodigal son is broke. But he’s not yet broken. He’s humiliated, but not yet humble. He’s desperate, but still determined.
Let’s be clear. We’re talking about sin. Sinful choices. We don’t hear much about sin these days because we’re busy rationalizing and redefining it. These days, when people find themselves at odds with what God has said, they just explain it away.
That’s very, well—dishonest.
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”
I John 1:8 (New International Version)
Sin never stays in a vacuum. It always brings consequences. Real ones. They hurt. The prodigal has thus far been on a sin binge. Party time. But here’s the thing—what about when the party’s over?
Reality kicks in. What a mess. His choices had consequences. And they’re all bad.
- Have I been honest with God—and myself—about my sins?
- How long has it been since my last “confession”?
- What has been the biggest consequence in my life due to a sinful choice?