How many times have we prayed for family and friends to come to the Father and His Son Jesus/Yeshua? How many times have we pled and asked our Father to save them? Many times people can try so hard to get those they love to come to their “church” or their meetings or see their beliefs that they offend them or cause them to become so uncomfortable they stop coming around. We mean well because we know they would have more joy and more peace.We want everyone to experience what we felt, but their journey will look different.
When we read a story in the book of Luke, we learn that there was a son who wanted his inheritance early so he could sow his wild oats and his Father gives it to him. He doesn’t tell him, no, and he doesn’t go chasing after him. He doesn’t email him scriptures or hunt him down at the bar or brothel to tell him he is going to burn in hell.
He lets him go!
Once the son goes off and spends his wealth on his fleshly desires, partying and sleeping with women he finally reaches a point where he has lost his wealth, his women, and his so called friends. Hungry broke and sitting in pig slop, finally, something happens.
“At last, he came to his senses and said, ‘Any number of my father’s hired workers have food to spare; and here I am, starving to death! I’m going to get up and go back to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired workers.” ’ So he got up and started back to his father.” Luke 15:17-20 CJB.
He changed his mind! One morning I awoke and did the same thing. I ran back to my Father and I said I have sinned against heaven and against you. I’ve not been an obedient daughter but if you’ll have me back I’ll get back up, brush myself off and start walking in the opposite direction.
“The steps of a man are established by the LORD,
And He delights in his way.
When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong,
Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24.
“for though a righteous man falls seven times, he will rise again, but the wicked stumble into calamity.” Proverbs 24:16.
Have you fallen? Get back up.
The son in our story got up and started back to his Father.
So can we.
We all have a journey and everyone’s journey is different. When the son came back home, we do not read of the father scolding him or telling him how ashamed he should be of himself. We don’t see or hear any guilt being put on him or any “shame on you” mentality.
What we do see is a Father bringing out a robe, a ring, and celebrating with a fat calf and making merry. This young man had a brother who was pretty upset that his father welcomed him in such a manner since he had never had a party for him and he had been faithful.
Once we look at other Biblical characters we see they all come home when it is time for them to come home. They all are enlightened when it is time for them to be enlightened. Saul was named Paul and was struck blind for three days, but when it was time for him to hear the voice and see clearly that Jesus/ Yeshua was the Messiah, the Father sent a man to lay hands on him and appoint him as an apostle.
David gets off track and the Bible explains to us that he went and lived with the Philistines for a while. He even acted like a crazy man at one point. Moses kills a man and goes off for forty years. Did anyone hunt him down and tell him to repent and get right or turn himself in and pay the price for murder? No, we don’t read about that. We all are on a journey and if we are seeking the light we will find the light.
How should we act around those we love who are clearly on a journey far from home and living in the pig pen? Paul tells us plainly. “I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 5:5 NASB.
“Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, so that they will be taught not to blaspheme.” 1st Timothy 1:20.
This was the formula for those who had come into the covenant and obviously had some things to work out.
Have you ever heard anyone say, “They need to reach rock bottom?” Yes, and sometimes even after they do it doesn’t wake them up. Sometimes we get a report that they overdosed on heroin or died from some other substance of addiction. Sometimes they look for loopholes and get off course, but what is our job? I don’t think our job is to drag them to the altar kicking and screaming.
If you hand them over to satan they get so much of the flesh that it comes out of their nostrils. “ Therefore the LORD will give you meat and you shall eat. ‘You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, but a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you; because you have rejected the LORD who is among you and have wept before Him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”’ Numbers 11:18-20 NASB.
He said, “Until it becomes LOATHSOME to you. . .”
After a while, gluttony makes you sick, and you want to vomit. No matter what our flesh man craves, it is going to cause issues. I am sure my flesh issues are more than likely not yours. I can think of a whole list of flesh issues and usually it’s easy to spot other peoples, but what about our own? What if we remove our plank out of our eye before trying to get their speck?
If a man or woman of Yahweh gets off course, leaves under the protection of his Father and goes off to Egypt to drink and partake of orgies, that man or woman can come back to their senses and make their way home. But it’s not our job to judge them for what they did when they get back home, and it is not our job to travel to Egypt and drag them home. How do I know this?
“”No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:44 NASB.
The son did not seem to need any help finding the word to say to his Father. He said, “Father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you.”
Aren’t we guilty of the same?
So let’s pray for the Father to draw them to Him and also to help us remove the fleshly desires we all struggle with.
Paul sums it up, “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.” Romans 7:18-25 ESV.