Come home, all is forgiven!

For the last 30 years we’ve lived in a country which is home to the capital of the diamond-cutting business: Antwerp. Diamonds are shipped in, or even hand-carried, from all over the world for expert cutting and then returned for sale. Plain, rough diamonds which look worthless to the untrained eye are turned into brilliant, sparkling gems of high value. Each stone is given many facets in order to reflect the light falling on it and bring out its inherent beauty.

The Gospel, the good news about God, is like one such diamond. It is the most valuable diamond of all and, like a valuable diamond, it has many facets. I feel that the Holy Spirit has been impressing one of these facets on me recently and it’s this: the good news is that the Father says, “Come home, all is forgiven!

This is a phrase that people used to put in the personal advertisements in newspapers to encourage a runaway son or daughter or to come back, and it’s the Father’s plea to us, his often-runaway children, too.

This simple phrase suggests three things to me:

  1. There is an invitation – God is almost pleading with us. His heart aches for the wayward child as only a parent’s heart can. He is not angry with us if we have run away – or never known Him – He is heartbroken until we come to Him.
  2. There is a home to come to. God has a home for each of us, one where we belong, and, like the prodigal son in the parable Jesus told, we can come home; only pride keeps us away.
  3. We have been forgiven.  Whatever we think is keeping us from the Father’s love has already been dealt with! As Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished!” There will be no rebuke when we return; there will be celebration!

So what keeps us away? Perhaps we don’t know there is a home where we can experience love such as we’ve never known before. Perhaps we haven’t heard the invitation. Or perhaps we’re too proud. We say, “I’ve done nothing wrong! I need no forgiveness!”

In a society where such pride is prevalent, God will use many ways to love His children home and this brings me to the second phrase that the Holy Spirit has impressed on me since we came to Japan at the beginning of September. It’s one way He will use and it’s the title of a song: “Spirit break out.

We pray for the Holy Spirit to break out, to break down our walls of pride, and for heaven itself to touch the earth.

We pray for revival of what is dead and new life where there has been none.

We pray for God to pour out his Spirit like never before.

We pray this for every nation on earth but, because we our calling and our hearts are here, we pray it particularly for Japan.

Spirit break out and bring your children home! All is forgiven!

“Spirit Break Out”

Our Father, all of Heaven roars Your name
Sing louder, let this place erupt with praise
Can you hear it, the sound of Heaven touching Earth
The sound of Heaven touching Earth

Spirit break out
Break our walls down
Spirit break out
Heaven come down

King Jesus You’re the name we’re lifting high
Your glory shaking up the earth and skies
Revival we wanna see Your kingdom here
We wanna see Your kingdom here

Spirit break out
Break our walls down
Spirit break out
Heaven come down

King Jesus You’re the name we’re lifting high
Your glory shaking up the earth and skies
Revival we wanna see Your kingdom here
We wanna see Your kingdom here

Spirit break out
Break our walls down
Spirit break out
Heaven come down

Spirit break out
Break our walls down

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