Luke 15:18-“I will arise and go to my father, and I will say unto him: father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee.”
In the race of life, damage is often done to the most precious things, but because of the almost perpetually ‘in-motion’ lifestyles that we live, we hardly pay needed attention or create the time needed to repair them.
Sometimes, pride, position and status prevent us from taking necessary repair steps. Yet, unless repaired, the damage may cost us eternally.
One of the unexpected blessings of a time like this, is that it affords us the opportunity to repair these precious aspects of our lives.
Jethro, Moses’ father in law, warned him in exodus 18:17-18-‘What you are doing to yourself and these people is not good; you will soon wear out through stress.’ He therefore advised him to delegate responsibilities and give his body rest.
Holiness is not a substitute for good health. Many believers have died before their time because of over-used physical bodies not allowed to rest, repair and recover.
This is the time to repair your health, through proper rest, adequate sleep, exercises, appropriate food and lack of worry. God rested on the seventh day after creation. The scripture records instances where Jesus rested and slept, to repair his physical body. God is giving us a chance at this time, to repair, heal and re-invigorate our physical bodies. Please, don’t miss it.
In the race for success, many have neglected and done serious damage to their family relationships; husband and wife; parent and child; sibling and sibling; relatives etc.
Families are vital to God. Eli was the major prophet of his time, but he was ruined due to his failure to properly attend to his family, 1 Samuel 27-36.
Even when he was warned, he failed to take steps to repair the damage.
Have you sacrificed your family for career, ministry, business, etc? Is your marriage just a shell? This is the time to find the courage to repair the damage.
In the parable of the prodigal son Jesus demonstrated the necessity for us to repair broken family bonds. Be bold and courageous, do it NOW.
Proverbs 17:17 says, ‘A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.’
This is the time to repair, renew and re-invigorate valuable friendships. Make a call to that old friend. Send him or her an sms. Show that despite the years and distance you still care and value them. Even if they’ve hurt you in the past, learn to forgive, as Jesus showed us in our text. As you age, you’ll find that there’s nothing more precious than family and old friends.
4. Spiritual Life
Beloved, the most important relationship in your life is that between you and your Maker God Almighty.
Are you sure you’ve committed to it as much as you should? Have you wondered off like the prodigal son?
This is the time to return, repair and solidify your walk with God. Like the father of the prodigal, God’s merciful hands are outstretched to receive you.
Even as a church worker, minister or pastor, you must be careful not to mistake familiarity or service intimacy with God.
Intense church activity does not necessarily translate into a right-standing with God.
Remember the very important warning of Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:27. May you not be a castaway after you’ve spent your life-time, preaching to others.
Attend to your own soul now, in all honesty and truth, so as to be sure that you are on the heavenly path.
Please stay safe and remain blessed.