Luke 15:11-32

Luke 15:11-32

Luke 15:20Ministry should never come before the family, but when God asks something specific of us, and especially in that relationship that we have with Him, it should always come first, even before our family, and I think we have a hard time making a distinction between the two…

Are you resolved in your heart to honor God with the moment and with your life? I believe God has ministry for all of us, and I would pray that each and every one of us in this room would find a way to involve ourselves in the things that God is doing, but you never involve yourself to the point of excluding those people in your life that God has given you to love. But, if you love those people more than you love the Lord, that’s where you have the problem…

Do you realize how much you are loved by your Father? Do you know what lengths your Father would go to, to have you back? To make right the wrongs in your life? To put you back on your feet? To give you hope in your life again? You know, we are such stubborn people. We cling to those things that we think are going to make our lives happy and ignore all that God has done for us and in us. And all God wants us to do is to come back and recognize Him. He’s looking for us. He’s not only wanting us. He’s looking for us…

That’s how I see God. Looking for us to return. Desiring for us to return… He desires so greatly for the miracle to happen that He looks for us to come to a place of humility of heart and humility of life that will drive us back to Him…

It’s not about the sinner. It’s about the Father Who loves. This story is truly about a father who loved and cares so much that he’s even allowed himself to be disrespected and dishonored. He gave up what he was and what he had in order to show love to his son. How much has God given us that we’ve dishonored and disrespected? That we squandered because we despised the One Who gave it to us?…

But you know what? No matter how hard you try sometimes, there are some people who will not be encouraged. There are some people who will not be built up. There are some people who will only ever be lost in their own circumstances, seeing only their own part in this life and never look out for anybody else, and never once look up to the Father that is reaching out to them and bringing them back. Even for all of their wrong choices, even for all of their sin, even for all of the things that they’ve done to dishonor that Father, that Father is still there with His hand out, reaching to bring them back, they’ll never see it, and they’ll always be lost in themselves. They’ll never step beyond themselves…

If you’re walking with God today, then you have an obligation to God the Father to love those that He loves… There’s one out there that’s [spiritually] dead, that’s lost, and that needs to be reached out for and brought in, and to know that there is a Father Who loves. A Father Who cares. A Father Who will go to great lengths, even dishonoring Himself, to show us that great love that He has… He will go to great lengths to show us love, if we will let Him…

We need to be as concerned as He is about the lost that are around us, and that we need to resolve in our hearts to allow Him to use us to work to bring them back, to bring them into relationship, and to show them the comfort that they can live in if they would just humble themselves and come back to the Father.

Dave Elkins

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