As an unfit teenager I would always dread this day and my worst fears would come true every time as I struggled for hours to climb the steep pathways.
Reference: v.13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: Each year, as a teenager, I would go to the beautiful Grampians National Park to attend a Christian camp. I always had such a great time at these camps as the leaders were so creative and fun. The only downside to these camps was that each year we climbed up this huge cliff face called The Pinnacle. As an unfit teenager I would always dread this day and my worst fears would come true every time as I struggled for hours to climb the steep pathways. There was always a point where we would stop for a rest and it would feel like we had climbed for eternity. I would ask our leader how much further we had to go they would always smile encouragingly and say, ‘We're almost half way.' Half way! It felt like I would never make it back to the comforts of the campsite ever again. However, as I sit here years later writing this blog I can guarantee that I did return! But I can remember clearly thinking that the hard climb would never end.
Application: Sometimes our lives can feel like we are climbing The Pinnacle. It's those seasons in our lives when we feel like we're constantly traveling up-hill and we wonder whether we'll ever feel the comfort of an easy life again. Sometimes we can feel like this in our spiritual life too. It's like we are so far away from God that we're not sure how we will ever make it back to Him. It's at these times that we wonder whether maybe we have wandered too far away to ever get back into a good relationship with Him again. And yet verse 13 of Ephesians 2 reminds us that no matter how distant we feel from God we will always be brought near to Him because of the sacrifice of Jesus. When Jesus died on the cross He paid the price for our sins so that we can be made clean and brought into the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. No matter how far we roam, there is no place too far or too distant that can stop us from returning to God.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for paying the price so that we may be close to God. If we feel far from You may we have the faith that You will always accept us back into Your loving, gracious arms. Amen.
How far away do you feel from God?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.