Here Come the Prodigals...
So he (the prodigal) went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything. “But when he came to himself... Luke 15
They're coming, and so we need to prepare for a flood of prodigals to return to Father God and his body, the church. NPR interviewed a number of young adults who are drifting from organized religion. A 26-year-old participant named Kyle Simpson grew up with Christian roots, but like many young adults, he's neglected his faith—although he can't quite get over it. Simpson said:
Last year, when I turned 26, I had my mini-existential crisis when I realized, oh my gosh, what's going to happen when I die? Am I just going to end up in the ground and like everything I've worked for, all my memories, are for naught? I still have that feeling every once in a while in the stereotypical moments when you're like sitting alone in the dark and you can't go to bed and you start thinking about that. But I don't know if that's emptiness. That's more just a fear that I hope others have. When the interviewer asked, "Do you pray?" Simpson replied,
Yeah, I do and I don't know what to make of it, because I feel like a hypocrite. And—but I only do when I'm at my most scared or my most fearful, and … my most vulnerable. And like I said, I don't know what to do with that because it really does not align with anything that I've said all day today, yet I still find myself doing that.
At the age of 18, Simpson got a tattoo on his arm that reads "a cruce salus"—Latin for salvation by the cross. When the interviewer asked, "Do you regret [your tattoo]?" Simpson replied, "No. The irony is when I first got the tattoo, I remember thinking, oh, this will be great because when I'm having troubles in my faith, I will be able to look at it, and I can't run away from it. And that is exactly what is happening."
Like the young man in Jesus' parable -- like Kyle Simpson, many have been marked for the kingdom of God...and have wandered away. God is about to release a marvelous flood of his Spirit (Isaiah 44:3-5) with one key result being the return of prodigals. Are
we ready to help them repent, be restored, and rejoin the family? Will we have the older brother's attitude (he doesn't deserve this), or the Father's attitude (we have to celebrate)! Join us to pray that millions will "come to herself / himself" and return.
Thinking about am I ready for revival, Perry Floyd