Luke 15: 11-18 NRSV
11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. 14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15 Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.17 “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! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you,

 

  1. We need to decide to take control of our life before circumstances or other people do.
    • The solution to a lot of our circumstances and problems begin with us.  New partners, jobs, or houses won’t cure what’s wrong if the cause lies in our own attitudes or actions. What are you willing to do to change your situation? Have you decided to take charge of your life before circumstances or other people do?
  2. We have to face reality as it is, not as we think it should be or wish it was.
    • The prodigal hadn’t discovered that the rules he ignored at home were essential to his happiness and required before he could get his life back on track.
    • Isaiah 55:7 – Let the wicked forsake their ways and return to God.
    • God will only intervene on the HOW people
      1. Honest with yourself, Openness, Willing to do something
  3. We need to act now (do something). Act now, while you still can.
    • Certain things left unattended or uncorrected
    • the prodigal son took action.

We will be able to return home to God the Father to a big party.