Luke 10:11-24
11 To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, I want my share of your estate now, instead of waiting until you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. 13 A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and took a trip to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money on wild living. 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him to feed his pigs. 16 The boy became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. 17 When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, At home even the hired men have food enough to spare, and here I am, dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired man.20 So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 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. 22 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. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening in the pen. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Just as the father would not come to his wayward son while he was in the pigpen, so God will not join us in fellowship when we are in darkness. Because He is light and there is no darkness in Him at all, we must come to Him. He can not join us in fellowship while we are in darkness. Now, this does not mean He is not with us because Romans 8:39 tells us that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. While we are darkness, His Spirit is working to bring us back into fellowship with God. But for us to have a relationship and to know Christ intimately, we must be in the Light. This means confessing our sins before Him and listening to His voice as we continue our process of sanctification to become like Him. If we step into sin and step into darkness, we are still saved, but have halted the process of sanctification. We will not grow to become more like Christ while we are in sin. As the earthly father waited for the son to return, so Christ waits for us to return from sin. He did not go out looking for him and did not come and pull him out the pigpen but waited for the son to return on his own. He had to want to return, just as we must want to become like Christ. Christ will not come and make us return. Sin always separates us from Him, and so we must come before the Father and confess any sin. To continue in the process of becoming more like Christ turn away from sin and desire to become like Christ.

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