A Prodigal Comes Home


Tony had never been to one of our discipleship groups. While his wife came and he liked the changes that studying God’s Word had brought to her life, Tony felt like it wasn’t for him. He had tried the religious stuff before, but it had never given any answers to his problems or life’s questions. Besides, he didn’t want anybody to tell him to change the way he lived.

But a few months ago, Tony’s perspective began to change. He was invited to come to a community meeting by our staff. After the meeting, one of the discipleship groups met, and Tony’s curiosity got the best of him. He decided to take a seat and see what these Bible studies were all about.

As he sat there, he became certain that they were talking about him. How could they know so much about his life? He felt helpless in his chair and could only stare at the person who was narrating the story about “The Prodigal Son.”  

Tony sat there quietly, until the end of the lesson and then asked if he might share his mind. Full of remorse and conviction, he stood up and said, “I am the prodigal son.” He then explained how he had lost his way over the years and been entrenched deep in sin. He concluded his remarks by saying, “I want to come home.”

Immediately, Tony was surrounded by everyone in the discipleship group. They prayed for him and then Tony prayed for himself, confessing Christ as his Savior and Lord. Since that day, Tony has been growing in his relationship with Jesus and serving Him well as a local leader in the community.

Tony will tell you that the power and truth of God's Word gripped his heart and left him a different man with a different purpose in life.

For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart.    

Betty McLelland