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Return home, Jesus has open arms waiting for you
PARSON TO PERSON
By Jim Hughes
Jul. 2, 2021 5:00 am
Ruth 1:6 Then Naomi heard in Moab that the LORD had blessed his people in Judah by giving them good crops again. So Naomi and her daughters-in-law got ready to leave Moab to return to her homeland.
Naomi and her husband, Elimelech, had gone to Moab with their family because there was a severe famine in Israel. They settled there and raised their family. Their two sons, Mahlon and Kilion, married local girls. Over the course of time, Elimelech and his two sons died.
When Naomi heard that the famine was over, she headed home with her two daughters-in-law. She had wandered away from home, and now it was time to return.
Spiritually, we are prone to wander away from home, away from the love, safety, and security of the Lord. Some wander far, far, away and immerse themselves in the life of sin.
Some wander away just far enough so that they lose touch with the Lord. No matter how long it has been, nor how far you have wandered, it’s always a good time to return home.
Dear friend, have you wandered away from the Lord? Maybe you didn’t even realize you had wandered, but now you know you did. The Lord just isn’t near. You know longer sense His love. You no longer hear His voice drawing you to Him.
You perhaps have even lost your interest in Him. Perhaps the pleasures of sin have captivated you, yet you are not happy, you do not have peace in your soul.
Return home. Return to the lover of your soul, Jesus Christ the Lord. He has open arms waiting for you. He loves you and longs to welcome you home. No matter what you may have done, it’s not too late.
Return to the Lord, confess your sins to Him, and ask Him to forgive you. He promises to draw near to you and give you His peace.
Return home. Jesus tells us in the story of the Prodigal Son that there was a great celebration when he returned home. He had left home and squandered away all that he had been given. He had partied until it was all gone.
When he hit rock bottom, he returned home not knowing how he would be received. His father saw him coming at a distance and held a huge feast to celebrate. All heaven is waiting for you to come home. Great will be the joy in heaven when you do.
What are you waiting for? Return to Christ today and He will take the heavy burden of your sin from you, wash you clean with His shed blood, make you whiter than snow, and give you something worth living for. Today is your day of salvation. Don’t delay. Tomorrow may be too late.
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