“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”
The Prodigal Son! How many of us, at some time in our lives, have done stupid, rebellious, short-sighted things only to "come to ourselves" and wonder how in the world did I get here? We wanted what we wanted when we wanted it. We wanted it now, not when God the Father planned to give it to us. In rebellion, we sell our birthright short and pursue the hungry, burning desire within us that means more to us in the moment than being in right-relationship with God. Then, we find our lives in a mess--we come to our senses and can't fathom who we have become and where we are.
At that time, we feel just like the prodigal son--unloved, undeserving and unworthy to ever receive anything from our Heavenly Father. Those feelings are from Satan, not God. He is waiting for you to come to Him, repent and be received back into His family. He has a feast, a robe of righteousness and His loving arms waiting for you.
“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
The Father has never moved. He is waiting for His Prodigal Sons and Daughters to come home. You may have never accepted Jesus as your Savior...you may have accepted Him at one time, but run away to chase the world. You may be wallowing in the pig pen of life, scrounging for nourishment. Come to your senses and ask the Father for forgiveness and come home. You are joint heirs with Jesus. Come and receive your inheritance. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
Luke 15:11-31 Romans 8:16-17