“I can’t go back. I’ve gone too far from God and everything would just be too weird and different.” REMIX: God didn’t go anywhere. He’s still there.
[THINK] In any kind of relationship, there are times when people feel very connected and close, and other times when they feel distant. It can happen for a number of reasons. You change. They change. You move. They move.
Sometimes that distance can be really awkward. The more time goes by, the more scenarios you start playing out in your head. You begin to think the worst. “She is probably mad at me for not staying in touch. I can’t talk to him—it would be too strange. She probably doesn’t even want to be my friend anymore.”
You want the relationship restored, but you’re not even sure that’s an option.
In your relationship with God, it’s always an option. He doesn’t go anywhere—He’s always there. We’re the ones who get disconnected in the relationship.
[LINK] Jesus told a story about a son who took his inheritance, left home, and went off to do his own thing. He had quite the “boy gone wild” time, so much so that he found himself broke and hanging out with pigs. (The full story is in Luke 15:11-32.)
He wondered if he could go back to his dad. He imagined that his dad would be furious, but he was willing to accept the worst-case scenario. “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men’ ” (Luke 15:17-19).
He was in for a surprise. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate” (Luke 15:20-24).
[GOD] Paul told the followers of Christ in Rome (and us too) that nothing can separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39). Paul knew this truth from his own relationship with Jesus. He had seen it demonstrated in his own life and was able to say so with conviction.
No matter how far you have drifted, no matter how much you’ve let your relationship with Jesus coast, He wants you back. You may have some baggage and scars from your choices, but He still wants you.
Don’t let the worst-case scenarios play out in your head. Go to Him. Admit how you’ve rejected Him. Then pursue your relationship with Him with everything you’ve got. God wants you. Read Isaiah 44:22.
[NXT LVL] Jacob thought he could never have a relationship with his brother again after what he did (Genesis 27). Read about the reconciliation between Jacob and Esau in Genesis 32–33.
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Reprinted with permission from YouthWalk magazine, © 2006 Walk Thru the Bible, Inc. To learn more about YouthWalk, visit www.youthwalk.org.
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