There’s a story that is told of a man who kept praying to win the lottery. Every night he would get on his knees and pray to God, “Lord, let me win the lottery.” One time when he was praying, the heavens opened, and the man heard a booming voice from heaven saying “Meet me halfway. Buy a ticket!”
That is of course a joke, but it serves to illustrate a point. God doesn’t ask us to do it all, but he does ask us to make a token effort. In 2 Kings chapter 5 we find that Elisha tells Naaman to go wash in the river Jordan seven times and he will be healed of leprosy. It wasn’t some Herculean effort to bathe in the river. God didn’t ask him to move mountains. It was a simple task which served no purpose whatsoever. Water wouldn’t cure leprosy and everyone knew it. The task was pointless, except to prove that Naaman was willing to submit to what God asked of him. Naaman washed in the river seven times and was cured of his leprosy.
In the parable of the prodigal son, the father looked out and saw his wayward son coming home. He didn’t wait on the son to make it home and ask to be a servant. He ran out to meet his son, welcoming him home as his son, putting a robe and a ring on him, signifying his status as family. And the Father today will come out to meet you. You don’t have to make it all the way home on your own. You don’t have to live a perfect life before you can be a Christian. Romans 10:9 says “if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” We’re not asked to move mountains. We’re not asked to perform the Herculean task of living a perfect life. Simply believe on the Lord Jesus, and confess him with your mouth, and you will be saved. That’s the promise of God’s grace to you and me.
Matthew 6:33 says “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” It doesn’t say “you have to find God”. It says SEEK. Make an effort. Show God you’re tired of running, and you are ready to come home. He’ll come out to meet you and welcome you as His child. He wants to extend His grace to you in full. Just let Him see you making an effort to come home. He’ll take it from there.