“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!'”
The effectiveness of any alarm is in direct correlation to how much you don’t want to hear it. In other words, until your desire not to hear the alarm outweighs your desire to keep sleeping—you’re not going to wake up.
Similarly, a sudden awakening takes place when God finally gets our attention. The alarm sounds, and this time we hear it. We immediately become aware of our present circumstances and the reality that something must change.
The Prodigal Son experienced this in Luke 15. After taking his inheritance money from his father, wasting it and reduced to feeding pigs, the Bible tells us the son, “came to his senses …”At this point the son sat straight up and suddenly realized what his life had become. When he ran away, he’d never thought his journey would have that ending. But now life had his attention and he knew things had to change.
Have you ever had a moment like this? The Holy Spirit opens your eyes, and you see something that you had somehow missed before. You have a startling realization that changes everything.
You realize you’ve been trying to live out the Christian life from your own power and strength rather than out of the power of the Holy Spirit.
You realize you weren’t actually following Jesus; you were just following a list of rules and rituals.
You realize you spent so much of your life wrestling with guilt and shame, because you thought being good enough would save you.
And then suddenly you realize a truth. That truth has always been true, but for some reason, you just didn’t see it before. Like the Prodigal Son, it was the right time and the right place and finally realization woke you up and brought you to your senses.
Within the parable of the Prodigal Son, I discovered there are three ingredients that are present in that experience.
1. A Sudden Awakening
2. Brutal Honesty
3. Immediate Action
But when God’s Word and the Holy Spirit bring these three things together in your life, you will experience a God-given moment that changes everything.
Today if you are finally hearing the alarm and realizing you are far from your Heavenly Father, know you can turn to Him. Luke 15 shows us that God is a loving Father who is merciful, gracious and caring. No matter how far we wander from God, He wants to do more than just help us—He wants to save us.
Dear Lord, help me to see the areas of my life that need transformation. Please give me a genuine awakening, help me to be honest with myself and be with me as I take action. Jesus, I surrender my life to you and I thank You for the work You’re doing in my life! In Jesus’ Holy Name I pray. Amen.
Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing
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