No amount of money, no cars, houses, no job title or fame can be considered more important than life itself. We can say that life is man’s most valuable possession.
Many who surrender themselves to the Lord Jesus end up following the example of the immature and reckless prodigal son, who decided to ask his father for his portion of the inheritance:
“…Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me. So he divided to them his livelihood,” (Luke 15.12)
One of the devil’s most effective strategies in the world today is to cause love life problems, which include loneliness and a lack of affection. Because of these many deceptions, many have come back to the altar of God and said, “Father, I want You to give me back the life I gave you, because I’m going to waste it outside in the world.”
Like the prodigal son, at first, everything seems to be about freedom, happiness, parties, sex, drugs and alcohol, until:
“…when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land and he began to be in want,” (Luke 15.14)
After wasting all they have, those who have fallen away realise that their souls are hungry, because nothing of what they have been consuming is able to satisfy them. This is where they begin their downward spiral into the pigpen.
“And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything,” (Luke 15.16)
Those of you who have decided to follow the example of the prodigal son, who are far away from the Father’s presence and are in
a situation similar to him having tasted the pleasures of this colourful world, should also follow his example when he used his reason and thought:
“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants,” (Luke 15:17-19)
Physical death is the separation of the soul from the body, something that happens to all of mankind. However, spiritual death occurs when people leave this world before they have returned to the Lord Jesus. This includes those who were one day in the faith.
For those who find themselves far from the presence of the Father, may the Holy Spirit speak to you louder than those words. He anxiously awaits your return, because He has “no pleasure at all that the wicked should die.” Therefore, imagine how He feels about the death of those who one day called Him Father.
He has not given up on you. He insists on you returning to Him. Act now, and come back before it’s too late. If you don’t, you will know what eternity is for those who have turned away from God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
Bishop Edir Macedo