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Come To Your Senses


 Luke 15:11-21

In this passage Jesus pretty well describes what we see taking place in our culture and society today…and He describes what we see taking place in the lives of some families; and He describes, perhaps, even some one here this morning.

Look at vs. 17. Jesus is teaching this parable and in vs. 17: “When he came to his senses…”

That is an interesting statement isn’t it?

And what God wants is for people, perhaps some of us, to come to our senses.

And, this statement, “He came to his senses…” implies that this boy in this story knew that what he had been doing was wrong.

And they may deny it but most people today are doing the same thing…Romans 1:18-23 indicates that they know what is right and wrong (murder; adultery; homosexuality; stealing; burning; lying, the immoral acts) and yet, they are acting as though they are senseless.

Look at verse 18 and notice what this boy came to his senses about. He says: ”I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight.”

 He called a spade a spade didn’t he?

When this boy left his father and started sinning things went down hill until finally, he was starving to death and tempted to eat the food meant for the pigs.

We need to understand that sin always has its consequences…it always costs something.

Sin always costs you…

Sin will always cost you something…and do you know why it does?

 This boy came to his senses and he says: “I have sinned…”

It is interesting some of the things people do to keep from admitting that they are sinners.

One of the things we do is we try to “hide it.”

It is like the little white mouse that was put in the cage with the snake.

That is what a lot of people do with sin…”I will just cover it up…hide it…ignore it…change the name of it…and it will go away.”

A lot of people try to cover up their sin…pretend it is not there.

This boy says, “I have sinned…”

Do you know what that is?

Look with me at 1 John 1, John is dealing with some people who were saying that “they had fellowship with God” even though they were “walking in the dark”…and John says, “No you don’t.”

So some others jumped up and said, “We have fellowship with God…because we haven’t sinned.”

 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9     If we confess our sins, (acknowledge that we are sinners) He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10         If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

 Anyone who refuses to acknowledge that he is a sinner has no fellowship with God.

Look at Romans 3:23. This is a very familiar verse….and yet as familiar as it is…some just don’t seem to believe it.

Now, we read that verse and there is this little deceptive mechanism inside that says, “It’s not talking about me! It’s talking about everyone else but not me!”

But I want you to notice something here.

No matter how good we are…how we strive to live a righteous life…compared to God…not someone else…we have fallen short.

It is no coincidence that in the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5….that when it comes to being a child of the kingdom that the very first thing that Jesus mentions is being “poor in spirit.”

God wants us to come to our senses…and acknowledge that we are sinners….and come to Him.

20        “And he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him, and felt compassion {for him,} and ran and embraced him, and kissed him.  21            “And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

Let me be one of your slaves so I can pay for what I have done…”

No, but that is what some of people think.

You can never pay what you owe…Christ did that on the cross.

And what Jesus is trying to tell us here in this story is: “We matter to God and He wants us to come home.”

Do you need to do that? God is watching…longing to run to you. If you know you need to come home, don’t disappoint Him…just come home?