Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)– remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:11-13 (NIV)
That word sounds so good. I had no idea how much hope and joy I would have in that word. What word are you talking about? I am thinking and talking about the word near. At one time I live far away from you. Not as far as you think. How so? You think you were living in darkness. You think you were walking on a path that led away from me. You think you were living without hope in the world. Would I be wrong in thinking those thoughts? No, you would not, that is not the point I want to make to you. What point do you want to make to me? I was near to you then. I am near to you now. My eye was on you then. My eye is on you now. It is true that your sin separated you from a relationship with me. But I, was not content to let you remain in that condition. I came into to the world to die on the cross as payment for your sins. All I suffered, I suffered so that you could be drawn near and come to live in an intimate relationship with me. So, when you cried out to me, I was there to answer your cry. When you turned your life over to me, I was ready to hear your prayer. When you told me that you would follow me as your Savior and Lord I was ready to lead and guide you through life. Do you hear what I am saying to you? I was near to you then and I am near to you right now. That is awesome. For that I will be forever thankful and grateful. That’s good.
So, what about now? What about now? What desire do you have in your heart right now? It is my desire to come to know you ever more fully every day as I follow and serve you. It is the passion of my live in an intimate relationship with you. I don’t want to know and love you a little bit. I want to know and love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to know and love you as intimately as is possible. I want what you want for me. I want to receive all that you have for me. I want to walk closely with you. I will keep on drawing near to you. I know that you will keep on drawing near to me. Yes, I will. That is why my life is filled with such hope and joy and thankfulness. That is very good.
Lord, I was without hope in the world. My sin separated me from you. No relationship with you was possible. But you changed all that. You brought me near through your bloody sacrifice on the cross. You forgave my sin so I can live in a new relationship with you. Amen
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