Have you ever known what God wanted you to do, but instead decided to do something else? Like you knew it was wrong, but did it anyway. Or maybe you just thought your way was better. How do moments like this affect how God feels about you? Most of us would think He would be angry and that we need to do some good to get back on good terms. But is that it? What does the Bible say we should do in moments like this? Let’s dive in together.



We all have a choice when it comes to God.

[Luke 15:12-13] 

The younger son told his father, “I want my share of your
estate now before you die’ (incredibly disrespectful and rude in this day and time). So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living.


■ Every single day, every single choice, we are given a decision. We can choose what God would want for our lives. Or we can choose ourselves.

[Luke 15:14]

About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into
his fields to feed the pigs. The young man
became so hungry that even the pods he was
feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one
gave him anything.


God chose to rescue.


[John 3:16] 

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not
perish but have eternal life.



[Romans 5:8]

But God showed His great love for us by sending
Christ to die for us WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS.



[Romans 8:38-39] 

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor
demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth
below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.


[Luke 15:17-24]

“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. “But his father said to
the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and
put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must
celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and
has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’

We’ve Been Rescued to Rescue.

[Matthew 28:18-20] 

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”



[Romans 10:14-15] 

But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone Go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”


Application Questions

  1. What stood out to you from this message and why?
  2. What is one thing God is telling you to START doing because of this message?
  3. What is one thing God is telling you to STOP doing because of this message?
  4. How will this message change how you act at home, work and in the your relationships?