Ephesians 2:17-18 (NET) And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, so that through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
Lora was born into a Christian family. Her grandparents were missionaries and her parents were very committed church leaders in their community. When her elder and younger sister were baptized in the Holy Spirit and started speaking in tongues, she was there but didn’t receive the Holy Ghost. She always felt far away from God and she would blame herself for this. She believed she was more sinful than anyone in her family and that was why God wasn’t interested in her. She was wrong.
When she moved to the city for college, she started keeping company with certain hip girls who were godless to the core.
Many years passed and Lora had lived a godless hollow life. One Thursday morning, she remembered the peace and love in the home she grew up in and longed to have just a little of that in her own home. Lora felt so far away from the Lord that she did not know if He was still interested in saving her. She was watching Christian television that morning when she heard the preacher reading from today’s Bible verses. She burst into tears because the verse spoke directly to her. “Jesus is interested in people like me who are far away too” she exclaimed. That day was the day Lora accepted Christ as her Lord and savior. She received the baptism of the Holy Spirit that same day.
The Jews who were near to God and the Gentiles who were far away both needed reconciliation with God. No matter how far a person might seem from God, or no matter how close to God a person might seem because of piety and moral uprightness, they need the gospel of Christ in order to be reconciled with God.
Are you feeling far away from God today because of your personal failings? Its time to be reconciled to God. God is more interested in being reconciled with you than you want to be reconciled with Him.
Go into today remembering that Christ will in no wise cast away they that come to the Father through Him (see John 6:37).
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice that is the bases of my reconciliation with the Father. Father, please help me know you and live always in the consciousness of your love and grace. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
Yearly Plan: Psalms 81-83 (In today’s Audio)
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