Every once in a while we open our eyes, steady our thoughts, shift into neutral and think—Jesus is really far away. Feeling alone, our anxiety, crankiness, and need for control take over. Let’s stop there. No lies, no preconceived notions, and no stupid bumper sticker sayings that belong in a 5 cent fortune cookie. Sometimes Jesus really does feel far away. It’s like staring through a tunnel, knowing that something is on the other end, but the visual is out of sight. It’s moments like those that remind me there is a dependency that is imperative to my survival. Jesus isn’t far… I just have so much junk that has piled up between myself the access road to his palace at the center of my hearts that getting to him is so….exhausting!
Sarah Young, author of Jesus Calling writes it so elegantly. In the message today, Jesus says, “You are mine for all time. Nothing can separate you from my love.”
Nothing can separate you from my love. Pause, digest, repeat; nothing can separate you from my love. That pile of junk that I believed got in the way, that same pile that keeps us from really sitting down and having a heart to heart with Jesus—might look a little something like this, give or take.
- Messy house
- Pile of laundry
- Rebellious children
- Marriage strain
- Poor financial planning
- Lack of energy
- Lack of motivation
The list goes on. But the Bible states in Romans 8:38-39 that NOTHING can separate us from the love of Jesus. Not the dirty jeans you’re wearing on day 5 of skipping the wash, not the screaming children or the lack of healthy food in your fridge. Why? Because it’s his love that renews our energy, helps us with those every day disciplines like picking up the house, wearing freshly laundered clothes, encouraging us to use our finances to better serve Christ, giving us joy, keeping our ego from being in charge, etc. It also serves to help us reach for that much needed help in our darker hours when we struggle to find the light of life that is Christ’s love.
The message is short today, but it packs a punch. Forget the bumper sticker that says “are you far from God? Guess who moved.” That only serves to remind you of your failings. In fact, every time I see it, it annoys me—even though I know it’s not Jesus who goes anywhere. I know I’m the sinner, and I know I’m the faulty one. But what I need isn’t a reminder of how bad life gets. On that note, whenever you think about how far you are from God, say this to yourself—Nothing can separate me from Jesus; because you belong to him for all eternity. Now isn’t that a sigh of relief for your soul? It is for mine. I can’t pile up enough stuff or walk far enough away to separate myself from Jesus. And neither can you.