However, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray, search for me, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear their prayer from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their country.
2 Chronicles 7:14 GW
Scripture tells us that we all, at some point in our lives, will leave God’s path and follow our own (see Isaiah 53:6). It kind of sounds like it’s inevitable, and I believe it’s true because we all have pride and think we know better than God, so we want to try it “our way.” Eventually, we learn that our way doesn’t work and we end up coming to the end of ourselves, just like the prodigal son in Luke 15, and realize we need to come “back home” to God. The great news is that God is so compassionate, good, and wonderful that when we get tired of ourselves, He’s waiting for us with open arms. See, what we don’t realize is that God knows the end from the beginning. He knows that we will make mistakes and think we know better than Him, but He always has a plan for us. He’ll never turn his back on us and He’ll never stop loving us.
If you’ve gone your own way and have given up on God, I’m here to tell you that He’s waiting for you to come back home to Him. Our sins and pride separate us from God, but Jesus came to restore that relationship—He has reconciled us. Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language defines reconciliation as “in scripture, the means by which sinners are reconciled and brought to a state of favor with God, after the natural estrangement or enmity; the atonement; expiation.” Help and restoration is always available. I thought about what has to be done in order to get right with God, and the Bible made it perfectly clear in 12 easy steps:
- Admit that you have followed your own path and strayed away from God (see Isaiah 53:6)
- Acknowledge God as your Lord and Savior and as the Head Master of your life (see Romans 10:9-10)
- Acknowledge and repent of your sins (see 1 John 1:9)
- Receive God’s forgiveness, mercy, and grace for your sins (see 1 John 1:9)
- Humble yourself and admit that you are nothing without God, and you need Him for everything that you do (see James 4:10; John 15:5)
- Seek God’s face and His presence continually (see 1 Chronicles 16:11; Deuteronomy 4:29)
- Acknowledge God in all that you do (see Proverbs 3:5-6)
- Pray unceasingly (see 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
- Welcome and live by the Holy Spirit (see Galatians 5:16)
- Pick up your cross daily and follow the Lord (see Luke 9:23)
- Denounce the world and claim Jesus (see James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17; Matthew 10:32-33)
- Ask for conviction and receive Godly discipline (see Psalms 19:12-13; Revelation 3:19)
No matter what you have done in your life, God forgives you and wants you to come back home. And one of the best things about coming back home is that a party will be thrown in your favor in Heaven (see Luke 15:7). Yes a party will be thrown for YOU! God loves you that much to celebrate you. There’s a new and exciting life waiting for you in Jesus Christ, and that life is good compared to a life without and apart from Him. It’s time to come back home.