RESCUED: from separation
Have you ever broken up with a best friend, or maybe a girlfriend or boyfriend? It’s horrible, isn’t it? Someone who you cared about no longer wants to spend time with you, share things with you, talk to you about important stuff. When we turn away from God, it’s like we’re breaking up with him. Living without God means we don’t spend time with him, we don’t share things with him, we don’t talk to him about important stuff. Most importantly, it means we don’t acknowledge his rightful place as God.
When a relationship is broken, the way to deal with it is reconciliation. And that’s exactly what God does, through Jesus.
Colossians 1:22-23 says:
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behaviour. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.
We were alienated from God – we were living our lives apart from him.
We were enemies in our minds – if we’re not living for God, then Jesus tells us we’re living against him.
If you can remember a time when you weren’t a Christian, see whether you recognise that description of yourself. Were you living apart from God? Were you for God or against him?
Christians are people who’ve turned away from their sin and turned to God. Through Jesus, God also turns to us, so we can be RECONCILED.
Jesus RESCUES us from our separation from God.
Read Colossians 1:22-23 again. Think about what God has done for you and why it was necessary. What difference does it make, knowing that you have been reconciled to God, and can be presented holy in his presence?