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February 14, 2016 - Setting Off For a Distant Country (A Parable of Grace Series) - Luke 15:11-13

posted Feb 15, 2016, 1:33 PM by Grant Garber
  • Sin is anything that gets you lost from God.
  • God is most interested in finding the lost, even those lost in illusions of being righteous.
  • The sole purpose of the distant country is to be distant – not home.
  • The parable is concerned about how distant we have all become from our home with the Heavenly Father.
  • The problem we have of being at home with the Heavenly Father is the same problem the prodigal son had with his father.  It is often not exciting.  It doesn’t always feel like we are about high purposes.  There is a lot of ordinary time at home with the Father.
  • So we listen to the voices that call from a distant country. 
  • The prodigal fled to this distant country where he would be free.  Free from anyone knowing him as his father’s child.  Free of all the expectations for how he should live his life.
  • Once you run away from your home with God, you only have yourself for a god.
  • Where do you find yourself in this parable?
  • It doesn’t matter.  By the end of the story, the only important thing is to get into the Father’s arms.  That is the only thing that can make you joyful.  It is the only thing that can make heaven rejoice.
Pastor Jim Spon | Luke 15:11-13