I Have No Idea What I’m Doing!
It’s true, and I’m kinda glad. When the prodigal son came home to his father, he was at the end of himself. (Luke 15) He had tried all of his ideas, followed all his plans, lived the way that he wanted and he was truly at the end of his rope.
I haven’t been a prodigal in that I went into another country and lived like the prodigal- wine, women and the wildlife. It is easy to have a lot of plans, a lot of ideas, and an expectation that things will go exactly as I planned.
It’s Not about Us
Jesus said that we lose our lives to follow Him. (Luke 9) To me, that means that we lose our plans and our expectations too. Jesus said we should do this to see the Kingdom of God.
This takes away any idea that our performance is what is needed to achieve what God desires for us. The prodigal son had completely messed up his life and simply returned to his father. There was NO worthiness or ability on his part to heal the bond or to rescue himself from his failure.
Many of us may not be prodigals in the same way, but we may be when it comes to our seeking to reach what we think is God’s “standard.” The father in the story didn’t send the son out to the servants quarters nor did he tell the son that he would have to earn his way back. There was no “standard” other than to be his son. He opened his arms and welcomed the son back.
How then should we live
As we embark on our next plans, our next goal or our next destination we must realize that we are the same as the prodigal. It isn’t about our performance; instead, it is about our relationship with our Heavenly Father that matters.
For those that may be the prodigal – we’ve been far from God, or we’ve completely ignored Him the future is even better. No matter what we have done God opens His arms to us not based on our worthiness or based on our ability to undo our sin. He opens his arms based on his desire to see His sons and daughters come home.
It’s true, I often have no idea what I’m doing, but I thank God that he does!
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