An Honest Look in the Mirror.
- We are sinful and imperfect people and we deserve nothing.
- Consider the realization of the wayward son.
- It took him squandering his inheritance before he realized how sinful and imperfect he was.
- The first son, as we will learn next week, was just as sinful and just as imperfect and just as undeserving.
Let’s be honest about where we are in relationship to the Father:
- Did we spend more time on Facebook or in prayer this week?
- When was the last time we showed love for someone else?
- How have we helped someone in need recently?
- When was the last time we asked someone for forgiveness?
- What does our internet history look like?
- When was the last time we prayed with friends or family?
- What sins have we not confessed to God or to friends?
- When was the last time we read the Bible on our own?
- Did we spend more money eating out than on improving God’s kingdom?
Being honest with ourselves about who we are is difficult enough, we also need to be honest with others.
- The wayward son went to the father and told him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I’m no longer worthy to be called your son” (Luke 15:21 HCSB)
- Part of being honest about ourselves is choosing not to lie to others, saying, “I’m fine” when asked how we are doing or pretending to be in a better state than we are.
- What good is an awakening if by dishonesty we we keep others in the dark?
- Honesty not only keeps us humble, but may lead others into this type of awakening as well.
Denial Leads to Destruction
- Last week we mentioned sleeping through the alarm moments of our lives. In the same way, we ignore the truth about how imperfect we really are.
- If we are not honest now about our imperfect condition, our sinfulness will completely destroy us as people.
There is a moment that is too late for people to turn to God, that is death. A time that we do not know.
The Blame Game
- Who’s fault is it, really?
- Should the son have blamed the father?
- Can we blame God?
- Is it ultimately our fault?
(Be sure to stay tuned. The story doesn’t end here)