This week we have been answering the Question, “How do I get closer to God?” The passage about the prodigal son in Luke 15 exemplifies the process of getting closer to our Lord.

Yesterday, we looked at step one: You have to get fed up with your life! You have to be able to say, “I’ve had enough.”
The next step is: We have to own up to our own sin! We can’t play the blame game, or pass the buck. We have to own up to our own decisions. Scripture says the prodigal admits that he sinned.

Luke 15:17-18, “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! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.”

He did not blame anyone but himself. The beauty of owning up to our own sin is it allows God’s grace takes over. Regardless of the darkest sin, the Bible says, “It can been made white as snow.”

Think about it and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D

Luke 15:7-8, I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. 8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?

Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
Isaiah 59:2, But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.
Psalm 51:1-4, Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.

2 Corinthians 13:5, Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?

1 Corinthians 11:28, Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup.