She was a girl I met on a camp I spoke at. She was talented, godly and she had a passion for Jesus that was both contagious and beautiful. When she started uni her faith unraveled. She did things that she knew were wrong and she had not been to church in ages. In her words she had “gone off the rails since she had been at uni.”
He was a guy who was so into Jesus. In his own words “At uni I got a degree in Christian group with a minor in business.” He landed his dream job and flushed with cash and new people to impress he started following the crowd and forgetting about Jesus. He too had done things he was ashamed of and wondered whether he was still a Christian.
Maybe you are in a situation like these ones above. Maybe you are walking away from God or maybe even sprinting away from him. You look back on the faith you once had and it is now a distant memory.
If that is you what should you do? You should remember the gospel. The gospel says that Jesus showed his great love for you in dying on the cross in your place. On the cross he took away all your sin, guilt and shame. No matter what you have done there is no sin that is too big or ugly or shameful for Jesus, he forgives them all!
Remind yourself of these beautiful words from Psalm 100:11-12:
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Go outside for a second and look down at the ground and then look up to the sky. Imagine the stars that are billions of light years away. As great a distance that is that is how great God’s love for you is!
Now look out east, imagine you can see the horizon those many hundreds of kilometers away. Now look west and do the same. That is how far Jesus has taken your sin away from you! God has thrown all your sin into the ocean of his forgiveness and has put a sign there saying “No Fishing!”
If you are walking away or sprinting away from God and want to come back to him the way back to him is not by scrubbing yourself up it is by realising that in Jesus he has cleaned you up, he has taken away your guilt and shame and he loves you with an all consuming, all forgiving love that never gives up. He is standing there with open arms beckoning you back.
What are you going to do?
Are you going to run to him or away from him?
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