Series: “PLEASE COME HOME: The Prodigal’s Journey from Shame to Grace”
Sunday, October 15, 2017: “From Shame to GRACE” • Pastor David R. Stokes
The word “repentance” means “to change.” It begins with a change of mind and heart, but if it’s genuine it will always—not sometimes, or often, but always—lead to a change of DIRECTION. But there’s more. True repentance involves an ACTION STEP. It’s an expression of faith in the new choice—to go home.
“So he got up and went…” Luke 15:20 (NIV)
There’s a saying, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” So it is with the journey to a better life—toward a better you. It’s not enough to want to change—we have to be willing to take that first step. But here’s the deal, when it comes to spiritual things, our one small step leads to a giant leap from God. He is not the reluctant ruler who has to be appeased or persuaded. On the contrary, he will meet us along the way on the journey home.
I’ve often said it this way: “You take the first step—He will take care of the rest.” As James wrote:
“Come near to God and he will come near to you.” – James 4:8 (NIV)
God is ready for us to return to Him. He is ready. He is willing. There’s a party waiting in His house, and a robe, and a ring, and some cool shoes. And the best prime rib, ever!
But the party can’t happen until we take that first step...
- Think of Biblical examples where people made godly decisions and ACTED on them.
- Are there any action steps I am avoiding in my life?
- Why did the father run to the prodigal son, though he had let him go?