Luke 15:11, 17, 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!

2 Corinthians 3:18, And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Romans 12:1-2, Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

This week’s blog topic focuses on the question, “How do I get closer to God?” Throughout the week, we have examined the story of the Prodigal Son who took his inheritance, left his father and squandered all he had been given. In other words, he was a long way from God.
So far we have learned:
Step one to becoming closer to God: The prodigal son got fed up with his present life.
Step two to becoming closer to God: He owned up to his own sins and actions.

And, today we see the prodigal son’s third important step. He went back to the Father and offered himself up. At first, this may not sound like much, but if you go back to the beginning of the story of the prodigal son, we see the son going to the father and saying, “Give me my share.” At that point, he was drifting from the Father.
In verse 17, we see him returning to the father and simply saying, “I have sinned, make me a servant!” He’s offering himself up saying, “Use me, restore me, do with me what you want God!” The real beauty of the story comes next. (so check out tomorrow’s blog)

Although it may not be easy to humble yourself and say- “Take me where I am, and use me how you can,”  just know that your obedience will draw you closer in your relationship with Christ.

Think about it and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D

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