This woman made her living outside of Rio de Janeiro. She was very poor, dirt floor house and her greatest fear was that she had a beautiful beautiful daughter and she knew that one day her daughter would leave that house and go to Rio de Janeiro to try to make a better life and she knew what would happen to her daughter if she went there.
One day the woman came home and her daughter was gone. There was a note on the table that said “I’ve gone to Rio to find a life.” The mother knew what would happen. She took all the money that she had she bought a bus ticket to Rio de Janeiro and then she went into a little photo shop a photo booth and she spent a great deal of her money, the mother did just making pictures of herself and then the mother went to Rio de Janeiro and spent months there.
She looked in every hotel, every restaurant, every movie house, all the disco techs every where she looked and every where she went she left a picture of her face. Finally she ran out of money and she went home.
One night her daughter was coming down the stairs of a hotel and she was with a man. She had become a prostitute, she looked like she had aged 15 years and as shes coming down the stairs. She feels like shes going to die but she looks over in the mirror she sees how shes aged and something catches her eye. She sees a picture of her mother, she grabs it, she cant believe it and she turns it over and on the back she read this: I do not care what you have become and I do not care what you have done please come home.
I know all about the sovereignty of God, about the great confessions and I am embrace them all. I know about election and predestination and all those things I believe but at the same time when I look in the New Testament this is what I here God saying: I don’t care what you have become and I don’t care what you have done My Son has paid for it all on the cross now come home. Some of you young people out here are going to ruin your life. Some of you adults bear scars that will never be removed because of the sin in your life and some of you the only thing you’ve ever seen of Christianity is a dead religion but I serve a living God who has sent us a living Savior and He calls all men to turn from their sin and come back to Him and those who come to Him He will not cast out. Trust in Christ. He is such a Savior He’s mighty to save don’t let anything stand between you and coming to know Him. One of the saddest things I ever have to do Is preach, preach about the love of God It is so sad because no matter how hard you try to preach You cannot describe the love of God for sinful men. God is love and He has provided a Savior and if you don’t come to him the fault will be yours.
Revelation 22:17 come and let the one who hears say come and let the one who is thirsty come let the one who take the water of life without price.