Luke 15:13 - 15 (KJV) "And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want."
IT COST TO BE LOST.
Maybe we should think a little bit more about the economic ramifications of being disconnected from our Heavenly Father. The prodigal son was not the last lost boy to blow-off the blessings of living at daddy's house for the illusive enchantments of riotous living.
Recently a friend of mine shared this testimony with me:
I tried to quit smoking for 3 months, but one day, I had to have a cigarette. I went to the store and bought a pack. Even though my family knew I was trying to quit, I knew I couldn't. So I went behind the house, and squatted down behind a barrow trying to hide from everybody.(Thanks Edith for sharing… YOU GO GIRL)!
But when I lid the cigarette and started smoking, I heard Gods voice. It was just as if someone was standing there talking to me. God said, "why are you hiding? I can see you."
Needless to say, I immediately put the cigarette out. This happened on a Friday. That Sunday, I went to church. There was guest preacher. After the first few songs, the preacher said, God told him, "He wanted to deliver someone from nicotine TODAY!" In my heart and mind I knew with out reservations, He was talking to me. I immediately got out of my pew and went up. The preacher laid hands on me, God took the DESIRE away from me and 2 days later I got the Holy Ghost… THAT WAS 18 YEARS AGO!
One writer of a popular business journal put it this way:
The costs add up: Cigarettes, dry cleaning, and insurance - you can even lose your job. A 40-year-old who quits and puts the savings into a 401(k) could save almost $250,000 by age 70.I AM NOT condemning people who struggle with addictions. I am just saying it cost too much! The far out journeys, the wasted substance on substances that leave us wasted… IT ALL ADDS UP. Much money could be saved if people could find their way BACK to their "father's house."
It cost to be lost, but it pays to be saved! There is nothing quite as satisfying as a right relationship with Jesus Christ. There is NO HIGH like the MOST HIGH.
If you find this opportunity even remotely enticing check out my blog from yesterday: Now that you know it cost to be lost, you might be glad to discover that the COST was in the CROSS!
John 10:10 - 11 (KJV) "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep."