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18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. 

Finally taking ownership of your life can be risky. Admittedly, taking responsibility for your decisions is a vulnerable position – you can feel defenseless and exposed. No longer can you say you’re in control, that you have it all together, that you’re doing okay. Instead, taking ownership is agreeing with God about your situation, accepting the indictment upon yourself, and walking into the throne room of God – naked and ashamed. That’s just plain risky.

Well, it’s one thing to confess your sin before God, but it’s an entirely different experience to confess your sin before others. While God is known for his grace, humans are known for their judgment. What will they think? How will they respond? So, instead of taking James’ advice to “confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed,” we like to keep the secret between us and God (James 5:16). We don’t want to face the humiliation of exposing our imperfection to the world. We’d rather save face and be freed of our pain. But, that’s just plain cowardly.

When the prodigal son chooses to turn to his father, he moves toward home knowing full well his entire family will see his dishonor. He turns – willing to walk the road of shame, willing to endure the humiliation, willing to take that risk. That’s just plain courageous. Because when this son chooses humility, he’s able to come to the end of himself, and turn toward freedom. He openly exposes his sin and moves toward his Father in the presence of others. And in the end, he finds out this courage is just plain worth it. Today, take the step toward freedom by confessing your sin with a trusted friend. Don’t leave your sin in the dark. [/vc_column_text][us_separator height=”25px” size=”custom”][vc_column_text]

By Yvonne Biel  

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