Luke 15:11-24, Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. 17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 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.

As a Pastor, I am often asked- How can I get closer to God? This week’s blog focuses on that exact question.  When we talk about getting closer to God, sometimes it helps to realize what caused us to get so far away from God in the first place.

Probably the best single passage that describes both the drifting away from God and the coming back to God is found in Luke chapter 15. It is the story of a man we refer to as the Prodigal Son.

Here’s what the Bible says:

Luke 15:11,…There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So the Father divided his property between them. 13“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.

In that simple but short story, we see a pretty clear example of how we move away from God. We start to focus on self: our desires, our wants, and our plans. But, how do we get closer to God? Over the next 4 days, my blog will cover some clear steps that will get you closer to God.

Examine where you are today, and stay tuned for the rest of the story.

John Mark Caton, Ph.D

Jeremiah 29:13,You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.