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Get Back
November 19, 2009By Ed Wrather

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.” - Luke 15:18-19 NKJV.

Eric Steward says he just wanted to take a “nice peaceful drive,” but ended up making a wrong turn. The 81-year-old man drove for nine hours, and about 400 miles (643 km) from Yass, NSW to Geelong, Victoria in Australia, before asking for help. He finally stopped, and asked a police officer to help him. He gave the officer his cell phone, so he could talk to his wife, and the officer was able to help him find his way home.

There's an old Beatles song called “Get Back.” A few of the lyrics are:

Go home
Get back, get back
Back to where you once belonged
Get back, get back
Back to where you once belonged
Get back Jo Jo

The Prodigal Son of Luke 15 was not really lost in the physical sense like Eric Steward. The Prodigal Son knew where he was, and he knew where home was at. However, the Prodigal Son has a lot in common with Eric in that he took a wrong turn in life, and he just kept on going. They both finally reached a point where the ride was no longer fun, and they just wanted to go home - back to where they belonged. To get back where they belonged, they both had to swallow some pride.

Are you off track with your life? You know you took a wrong turn back there somewhere, but how do you get back on the right track? How do you get back to where you belong?

Step one to get back to where you belong is to swallow your pride and ask for help. Ask your Heavenly Father to help you to return to where you know you should be. If there are sins that have led you astray, confess them, and forsake them.

Step two to get back to where you belong is to do what you know you should be doing spiritually. You know you need to pray. Jesus said, “Men ought to always pray (Luke 18:1).” Set some time away every day, even if it is only for a few minutes that you are going to visit with your Lord, and talk with Him about what is going on in your life. Read your Bible, even if it is only a verse or two every day. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).” Attend church regularly and faithfully, unless you are providentially hindered from doing so. The writer of Hebrews gives us this command, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:24-25).”

Step Three, to get back to where you belong, is to continually repeat Step One and Step Two.

Go Home! Back to where you once belonged.

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