This write up is in no way intended to condemn or make you ashamed, if anything, think of it as an 'encouragement'. Do you think we are in a generation that has the ‘prodigal son syndrome’? Syndrome is an exaggeration but let’s carry on. I trust you are aware of the parable of the prodigal son that Jesus describes to His disciples in Luke 15:12 -32? We read the parable and we feel touched, loved, and all those nice feelings. We see how kind, loving, faithful, merciful, and gracious God (the Father) is. It’s great knowing that when we become the ‘prodigal son’, we would always be accepted by our loving Father when we come back. It’s truly beautiful and that parable is something I read, whenever I fall off the wagon. It always leads me home. But have we focused so much on the prodigal son long enough that we’ve ignored the other faithful son? Now to be clear, I wouldn’t consider one as the ‘prodigal son’ if they, unfortunately, got out of the word, no! I think the prodigal son would be the person that remains in that act and keeps going down into that pit. I think this is what we would term 'backsliding'. I just feel like we (some of us) have maybe over-focused on the prodigal son and that makes us relaxed in a sense and we’re in a place that we know God will always take us back regardless. That is why Paul says ‘What shall we say [to all this]? Should we continue in sin and practice sin as a habit so that [God’s gift of] grace may increase and overflow? Certainly not! How can we, the very ones who died to sin, continue to live in it any longer?” Romans 6:1-2 Because once you start falling off and you don’t get back up immediately, but keep telling yourself there’s grace, before you know it, you become so lost, and then you’re no longer working out your salvation with faith but in fear and tremble. We know that from the beginning of time, Sin is the one thing that disconnects us from God.
'But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. '
If every time we face temptation and don’t fight with the help of the Holy Spirit (because it’s not by our might or strength), having the mentality that, 'well God will forgive us right after,' then we are abusing His grace and we nail Him to the cross over and over again. The world tells us that if you’re in a relationship where you don’t argue or fall out once in a while then you don’t know each other well or it won’t work out. But that is not in the Word of truth, which means it’s a lie!. We ought to start seeing Jesus as our best friend (He calls us friend), someone we don’t want to hurt every single time. As humans there are times we mess up, and that’s okay, but, try to avoid that as much as you can. Take heart in knowing you are not alone, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He
will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
The prodigal son got a great feast, but the Father is telling the other son that 'all He has is his'. So which would you prefer? A great feast or all His possessions?
“And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.”
The older son to me is someone who is keeping watch at all times “So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.” Matthew 24:42
“You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.” Matthew 24:44
I hope this encourages you (and me) to want to preserve your relationship with Jesus ♥️