Friday, March 07, 2008

coming to

We read of the prodigal son that when he came to himself, or his senses, then he realized, or at least had enough sense to leave his dilapidated life behind, and return to his home.

Coming to. It's an important part of the work of the Holy Spirit of God in our lives, in Jesus. We need that grace at work in our hearts and lives, so that we can have that strong sense that we want to continue on in our Lord.

What happens before that? When we're lost, as all of us Christians are sometimes. Faith then can do many things. Faith presses on in seeking God diligently and expecting to be rewarded in doing so. But, as you recall in Jesus' story of the prodigal or lost son, at the heart of this coming to is relationship. The lost son humbly acknowledges that he is not worthy to be a son, but hopes to be received as a servant. But deep down inside, he must have had hope that his father would receive him back with love. Little did he know.

How great is the Father's love for us! It is so wonderful, and we must ever remember that. In Jesus, we must hold out for that love, always and ever, no matter what. May that love in Jesus fill each and everyone of us. That we might keep "coming to", knowing that God in Christ is ever there for us, with a heart of love far greater than we can conceive or take in.

What have you learned about this, or would like to add here?


Jim Martin said...

A very nice post and a good, encouraging reminder of the faithful love of God. Thanks.

NaNcY said...

i did not click on anything, but just read your words...which was a very wonderful encouragement.

i am thankful.

i am to leave on a trip tomorrow for 12 days. might check in.

God Bless you with his Love.

preacherman said...

Wonderful post brother.
Keeep it up.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting, and for your encouragement.

Glad to hear you were in San Diego for the recent pastor's conference, and that you ran into John Frye there. Hope you were able to hear Tom Wright. And nice weather there, especially for us northerners!

Ted M. Gossard said...

Thanks, Nancy.

Hope you have a nice and safe trip.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Thanks, Kinney.

NaNcY said...

have a good everything!
especially the weekend!