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COME HOME TO ME

Updated: Jun 11, 2019

By Jane Phinney


Come Home to Me

June 10, 2019 | ©2019


My prodigal son

Come home to Me

The gods you serve

Can’t set you free


Your flesh had a party

You dropped your guard

You opened the gate

The enemy roams your yard


The lust of your flesh

Stubborn pride in your life

Have exposed & neglected

Your precious babes & wife


Your selfish pursuits

Cause the chasm to grow

I have not changed

You reap what you sow


You have robbed My glory

And given to another

You mock My sacrifice

And offend your Brother


Once & for all, son

It’s time to die

It’s time to grow up

And stop living a lie


Stop blaming others

For your sin & your shame

Life’s not about you

You must lose it to gain


In My kindness I lead you

To repentance & grief

Godly tears & true sorrow

Bring healing & relief


I want all of you, son

Not a part of the whole

I want your true love

Spirit, body & soul


In humility seek Me

My arms open wide

I’m running to meet you

You won’t be denied


Yesterday in church, we referenced & shared applications from the prodigal son story in Luke 15:11-32. It reminded me of this poem I wrote, years ago, while discipling a young married couple. The husband once said, “I’m the most prideful person I know.” I was shocked at the statement because it came across as him being proud of being a prideful person. Truly, all our fleshy expressions of life go against God’s design & are by natural inclination, rebellious toward His authority. God opposes the proud. (James 4:6) Pretty performing flesh or ugly mean flesh. It’s doesn’t matter. Both are rooted in independence… a life growing/functioning away from/without God. We think we know best & default to what makes sense to us, versus what God has already said. Like the prodigal in Luke, only when our desperation exceeds our pride, are we broken before our Creator. At that point, we stop using the defense mechanisms of self-justification, trivializing our behavior, whitewashing our sin, making excuses, blaming others or having expectations of royal treatment.


When the light of truth dawned on the prodigal, he was feeding pigs garbage while simultaneously experiencing pangs of starvation. The contrast to the life he’d left behind was woefully apparent to him. Now I don’t know if you’ve had any contact with pigs, but the stench is all-encompassing & undeniably identifiable. One stroll through a pig barn & everything on your person will demand a deep cleansing to rid yourself of the “power” by association. Such it is in our spiritual lives. Satan uses all that is in the world to draw us away from our inheritance in Christ. “The lust of the flesh & the lust of the eyes & the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.” (I John 2:16) The enemy lures us into the pen, feeds us his garbage & we end up wreaking of spiritual decay. Only when we are born-again, by the indwelling Spirit of the Lord Jesus, can we be permanently changed & cleansed from the remnants of a living death existence.


One of the highlights of the story is the prodigal father’s awareness of his son coming home. Can’t you just picture him checking the road, probably daily… for months? When he saw his son at a distance, he “felt compassion for him, & ran & embraced him & kissed him.” He gave the prodigal new clothes & threw a party. The son’s past was forgiven & his repentance was celebrated. In like manner, our heavenly Father sees us as new in Christ, forgiving our past & celebrating the restored relationship brought about by brokenness & repentance…a turning around in the opposite direction toward Him. Which way are you running?


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