Luke 15: 13-14: Not many days later the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country and he began to be in need.
The other day I was talking with a friend about his grandfather and how during the depression he had become a hobo, riding the rails to California and many other places in search of work. My grandmother told me stories about how one hobo after another would show up at her farm during that terrible time asking for a meal. There were many famous men who were once hobos during the 30’s. Here are a few: Novelists Louis L’Amour, Ernest Hemingway, Jack London and James Michener. Actor Clark Gable, Tv host Art Linkletter, billionaire H.L. Hunt, Journalist Eric Sevareid and Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas. My friend’s grandfather later became a railroad engineer with the B&O Railroad here in Grafton.
Today it came to my mind that we have a lot of Christian hobos. Maybe like the prodigal son in our verse above, living in poverty due to mishandling of their resources, or maybe for some other reason. No, I’m not talking about literal hobos, but about spiritual hobos. Let me explain. The son in our scripture had an older brother and they both lived in the father’s house. He chose to walk away, wasting his inheritance. When a child of God leaves, he wastes his spiritual inheritance. He casts aside all he has learned and received from God. And just like the prodigal son, he too will begin to be in need.
We all need God in our lives. When we leave the Father’s house, we leave our lives open and unprotected. The prodigal ended up taking care of pigs and not eating as well as the animals he tended.
Verse 18: I will arise and go to my father and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.”
Verse 20: And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
We are living in trying times, to say the least. Today I talked to a friend whose church has been closed since March. She’s been saved a long time, she will make it, but many young converts haven’t been saved long enough to be grounded in the Word. They will fall away and become spiritual hobos, because they need someone who isn’t there for them. A teacher I know told me she was concerned about kids falling through the cracks with school not in session. I understand that, because it works that way with any situation. I am concerned about people falling away, not because they’ve left the Father’s house but because it isn’t open. Videos on the computer are great, but the human touch is missing. The look on the face of a fellow Christian as they talk to you is missing. The ability to interact and learn and stay strong and grow stronger is missing.
Don’t let the world pull you from the household of faith. We need one another. Call someone you know this week and just check on them and pray with them. Perhaps share a Scripture and a word of comfort. Time is very short, Jesus is coming soon, do all you can to help someone be a part of that great happening. Don’t let someone you love become a spiritual hobo due to neglect. Until next time.
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