Bible Passage: Luke 15:11-32
In his hymn written in the 1700’s, Robert Robinson penned a lyric that all of us can surely relate to because it accurately describes the universal condition of our human hearts. It goes:
“Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the GOD I love.”
As a result of man’s fall there is now within all of us the sinful tendency to stray from the presence & fellowship of GOD, “all we like sheep have gone astray” (Isa.53:6), & consequently the majority of our world spend their lives trying to hide from GOD like our first parents, Adam & Eve, who after sinning against GOD went & “hid themselves from the presence of the LORD GOD among the trees of the garden.”
Today, if you are here & have never been saved & restored to the fellowship of your Creator, I want you to know that you can come out of hiding, you can step out of the darkness into GOD’s Light (John 8:12) & be embraced by the One who created & loves you. But the messages in this series are not just for those who have never been saved because even after salvation there is still the constant pull of sin within us that seeks to takes us away from GOD which we must continually battle & guard our lives against (Pr.4:23 – Keep thy heart). Some of us here this morning, if we’re honest, can say that we are not as close to GOD today as when we first got saved. For some, we can identify some specific incident that led us away from the intimate fellowship of the Lord: a wrong relationship, a prolonged illness, a bitter disappointment, a temptation we yielded to, a betrayal, or an ongoing financial struggle.