Luke 15:17 KJV
And when he came to himself, he said,
How many hired servants of my father’s
have bread enough and to spare,
and I perish with hunger!
We do not know how long the ‘pleasant life’ of the youngest son of this parable has lasted in the far away country. We hear that after all, he squandered everything. The capital has gone. It flew out of his hands. The end of it is that he’s at the pig’s feeder. What a flaw. What a hunger.
There he came to himself at the pig trough.
Is this also not often so with us? That we first have to come to the lowest low, before we start to think, before we come to our senses, before we come to ourselves?
All this time he had lived outside of himself.
Not only did he live far from his father. He was also far from himself.
He swung along in the intoxication of sin. Dreamed of opulence and pleasure. He did not see the reality of sin of the distant land, and of himself.
Now he awakens from the dream.
Now he comes to himself.
Now he is confronted with himself.
Blessed hour when the sinner comes to himself.
That is the beginning of conversion.
It is the discovery that we have spent everything.
That we are lost.
Then we will consider who we are, what we have done and what we could have been if we had not sinned against the Lord. And if it is right, it will not stop there.
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