Saturday, January 22, 2011

Come Home

"18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
   “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
   21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
   22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate." Luke 15:18-24 (N.I.V)

No matter where you find yourself right now, at this exact moment, your Father is looking for you.
He is waiting for you to appear from far away so that He can run to you!

He isn't looking for you to scold you, to abuse you, or to beat you into submission.
No, He is looking for you so that He can Love on You!

He wants to host a feast in YOUR honor!
Our father God is waiting to wrap you in His finest robe and place His nicest ring on your finger and sandals on your feet.

Gods wants to celebrate you!

He wants to welcome you home.
Do you feel like you are too far gone from Him?
You aren't.
You are never so far from Him that His arms cannot reach you!

Are you waiting to get your life cleaned up before you come home?
Don't wait.
God wants you just as you are....broken, hurting, lost, confused.

Take a step of faith and surrender yourself to the God who not only created and named each and every star in the sky but also knows the number of hairs on your head.
He's so massive yet knows us so intimately.

Just as the father in the parable of the Prodigal Son, our father God isn't waiting for you to come home as a perfect son or daughter so that He can be proud of you.

He is already proud of you!
You are His beautiful child no matter what mistakes you have made or hurts you have experienced.
He just wants you to open your heart to Him.

"Come Home" says the father.
"Come Home!"

How do I Come Home to God?

Let's start with the simple act of praying.
If you have never asked Jesus into your heart, or feel like you need to rededicate your life to Christ, then say this prayer:

Dear God,
Please forgive me of my sins.
I accept your Son Jesus into my heart as my Lord and Savior.
I believe that He is your Son; that He lived, was crucified, rose from the dead, and ascended to Heaven.
He did this to save me from all of my sins.
I want to come home to you and be a part of your family.
I love you and praise you.
Thank you for my Salvation through Jesus Christ.

If you prayed that prayer from your heart then you are saved.
No one can take that away from you.

Start living in the promises that God gives you.
Start talking to God. 
Open up to Him.
Tell Him how you feel, what you think, your good and your bad, the pretty and the ugly.
He already knows you and loves you without any conditions!

Read His word, not out of obligation, but because you want to get to know Him better.
Reading the Bible can be intimidating but don't give up.  
Start in the New Testament and learn about the life of Jesus, then you can read on from there.

Just be real with Him.

He is standing at the house looking for you.
Now is the time for you to walk toward Him.
Run toward Him.
His arms are outstretched for YOU.

You are never too young or too old.
You are never too rich or too poor.
You are never too much of a sinner or a saint.
And, you are never too Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgendered, Queer, or Straight to come home.

Just Come Home.
Our father God is waiting.
Come Home.

If you prayed this prayer, have any other prayer requests, or just have questions about what you read here, please feel free to e-mail me through my profile on this blog.

Check out the "Sites that Lift us Up" section for great resources in your journey with God.

If tonight's post wasn't for you, please share it with someone who does need it.
Please, help someone else Come Home.

Always remember:
God Loves You.
God Created You.
God Accepts You.

Until next time,

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