Luke 15:13 - And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
This text is a part of the parable that is known as the "prodigal son". We all know the story. This story is a picture of God the Father and His love towards us who are either still sinners or once were prior to salvation.
The heart of God and His love for sinners is truly revealed in this story.
A father had 2 sons, the younger son requested his inheritance from the father and was given what he asked for. He took all he had and went to a “far a country” where he lived riotously.
I want to focus on the "far country". The far country is a life of willful sin by one who simply chooses to life their life separated from God.
When we choose to exit God out of our lives and live according to what is right in our own eyes, we are in a “far country.” A life apart from God is indeed a "far country".
The "far country" is a place of robbery and distortion. It robs you of your fellowship with the Father, it distorts the truth and make a lie your truth, it robs you of your self worth, it takes away your dignity, pride, goals, ambitions, visions, dreams and most of all a life now and in eternity with God if you are caught still living in the "far country" once your life on earth is over.
Let's listen to what happened to this young man who decided to leave his father's house to live in a "far country." A person who decides that God is of no benefit to them because their life is their own.
After arriving in the “far county”, the place of night lights, good times with as many man and women you wanted, rock and roll, jazz and blues, glitter and fame, this young man thought he had it going on. No worries, no cares and no one to stop you from living the life you so desired to live.
The life of eat, drink and be merry eventually caught up with him when his estate was gone. He went on a search for a good time that only lasted a short while, unbeknown to him prior to his departure to the “far country”.
He spent everything he had, there was a famine in the land and he was in lack and need of basic necessities like food and water, but had nothing for he had wasted all he had.
No money, no honey and no friends, including those who appeared to be his friend while he had his inheritance.
This is a wake up call to our young people and some of your older ones who are currently living in a "far country" doing your own thing in a lifestyle separated from God and calling yourselves “blessed” apart from God.
Oh, the price we pay for living in the "far country". A place where the wages end up being "poverty" on every level imaginable in the end.
This young man left a place where the Father's love was beyond measure. He left a place of security, comfort, abundance and assurance for a life of temporary happiness and poverty.
In the midst of pride and desperation, he chooses not to go home at first, but chooses to look for a job and found one feeding pigs. Pigs are unclean animals as far as Jews are concerned.
The “far country” left this young man broke, busted, disgusted and hungry to the point that he wanted to eat the husk that he was feeding the pigs. Oh, what a place of desperation that the “far country” had brought this young man to.
The "far country" left him penniless and friendless. All those he thought he could count on had nothing more to do with him after his benefit to them was over.
The "far country"! Is this where you find yourself on today?
Having hit rock bottom in the "far country", the prodigal son came to himself. He realized that the life he choose to live, he did not have to live for there was more than enough in the Father's house.
God has all we need and He promises to supply all our needs according to his riches in glory, in Christ Jesus.
Where has the "far country" lead you on today? How much more are you willing to continue to looses just to live in the "far country"?
God has more to offer than the "far country". God offers salvation, redemption, the promises that are written in His Bible from Genesis to Revelations and life everlasting all belongs to you.
Unlike the "far country" God does not want to take anything from you, He wants to "add" to your life. John 10:10-The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
The "far country" has many different roads, but they all eventually leads to destruction. A road sign that eventually says "dead end"!
If you are in a "far country" on today, God is calling you back home. Do as the young son did in this story.
The bible said "he came to himself". In other words, he realized that God had more for him. There was a purpose for his life and a place for Him in God's kingdom.
The same applies to you on today. God is making you the same offer. God has a purpose for your life and He has a place in eternity that He has prepared for you and I if you would just leave the "far country" and come to Jesus on today.
Jeremiah 29:11-For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Jesus is calling you out of the "far country" and He bids you to come to Him on today.
Matthew 11:28-29 -Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
The prodigal son went back home and the Father had a great celebration to welcome back.
When you decide to return from the "far country," back to God the bible declares that there is also a celebration in heaven. Let's listen to Luke 15:17-In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven't strayed away!
Are you in a "far country", separated from God? It is time to come back home. God is waiting with arms open wide to receive you unto Him. Are you in a far country? If you answered yes to this question, it is time to come back home.
I pray you heed the warning on today to come back to Jesus, for one day, without a warning, it may be too late. Life is just a vapor that appears for a little while and then it is gone.
How will you have spent yours. With God or in a "far country" separated from God?
God bless and I love you all.
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