Written by Todd Law
He said, “All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I’m going back to my father.” -Luke 15:17
“I’m going back to my father.” After “coming to his senses” in the midst of hunger, depression, and desperation, the son makes the decision to go home. For all followers of Christ, there was a time in our lives when we realized that our life without Jesus is without purpose. We find life unfulfilling and lacking peace. Although it is up to us to take the first step to accept God’s invitation to accept Christ and come home, it is God who makes it possible to actually come home. The prodigal son’s father did not make himself difficult to find, he did not “bash his son on social media”, he did not talk to other family members about how disappointed he was in his son, and he did not send condescending messages to his son about how he was ruining his life. Instead, the father patiently waited on his son and welcomed the son with open arms despite the terrible decisions that he had made and the disgusting sin in which he had been.
Whether you have never made the decision to follow Christ, whether you are a follower of Christ who has strayed away from “home”, or whether you are firmly in the Father’s arms, it is essential to grasp that we cannot live fully without Christ. God loves you and longs for you to be in his presence. As you prepare for your time at baseball camp, it is essential to understand that you will not be very effective if you are trying to manage things by yourself – away from the presence of the Father. Rely on God…do not be distracted by your own selfish desires and motives. If you have not yet surrendered your life to Christ and gone home to the Father, don’t hesitate any longer. If you are a follower of Christ, immerse yourself in God’s presence as you prepare for this trip.