I’m beginning to notice the sunrises in the morning. That means the earth is still orbiting the sun. That’s good news, is it not? It’s also good news that we have never been closer to our Lord’s return than we are today. One day, my friends, He will appear to take all believers with Him. Can you imagine this? Do you long for this day as one aches for a childhood home? Those of us who are old enough can recall John Denver’s “Country Roads” and the powerful sense of place. Has it been awhile since you have felt that way about heaven? It has for me.
All of this ties in with yesterday’s post of reminder. I forget the gospel every day. I wander away. Eventually, I find myself much farther away than I thought possible in such a short period of time. It’s like drifting with a tube on a lake. The wind may not seem significant, but it can soon carry you far enough that you find it very difficult to get back. Using this imagery, can we see how it might be possible that we get so far away that it seems impossible to get back? I can. I know Christians that have wandered so far that they lose hope. I know some who are dead today because they went back into their addiction. I suppose that is why some Christians might take their own lives.
It doesn’t have to be that way. While hardly anyone ever returns to their roots, like the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia in Denver’s song, we are so much closer to our home in Christ than one can possibly understand. Heck, most people simply ache for their roots and never bother even try go home again. Why? Maybe it’s because they think they can’t. Perhaps that is true for some. For a Christian, however, nothing could be further from the truth. God is right there beside us. All we need to do is turn to him.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
You remember the story of the prodigal son, don’t you?
Luke 15:20 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.
Have you wandered? Do you need to return home? Is there something about this message that makes you want to ignore it? Is there something in your life that you are putting or allowing between you and your Father? My advice? Deal with it and return home.
Right now. This very moment. Yes, the journey back may be long, but our Father will meet you wherever you are. Cry out to Jesus.
Father stir your children. We are prone to wander. Call us back. Holy Spirit don’t let us rest and get comfortable when we stray. Unsettle our spirits so that turn our eyes to Jesus. Amen.
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