This is the gospel, the good news of restored intimate relationship with the Creator Father through Jesus, His only begotten Son.
But, it does not stop with coming home the first time. It is every minute staying home….and living in close right relationship. The son did not come home expecting to replenish his provisions and then leave again. That is not the father’s intension. The son came to abide with his father.
Yet, even with good intensions, we can still bring strain into our relationship. That is not the will of the Father either. The world is full of enticements, distractions, demands, pleasures, social expectations, deceptions, troubles, persecutions, and such. These things try to change our focus and draw us away from our Father and His kingdom. If we do not stay at home in His presence and living in His ways, we are going to be drawn back away into the world. We must keep our hearts and minds focused. We must seek His face for love/belonging and a better knowing of Him. We are to seek His words for guidance and assistance in being good and right. Jesus also described this saying He is the vine we are to abide in and we are the branches. If we are not connected and abiding in Him continually, then the branch will wither and die.
We can miss the mark and mess up even while at home, but He is right there to set things right when we come with an attitude to change and desire to get the relationship right again. He is good and right and we need to adjust. There is no room for pride, sin, and selfishness in this relationship. BUT, listen to this promise….
“If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another (Him and me)….and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness.”
It is a heart issue…it is about a love relationship between Father and son/daughter….and often spoken of as an intimate marriage relationship between the Bridegroom and bride. Be faithful. Stay close.