June 10th-Brought Near

Journey through Ephesians

Ephesians 2.11-13 “brought near, through the blood of Christ”

Focus Verse-Ephesians 2.13

“But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.”

Insight-Few things are more painful than the pain of separation from someone you love deeply and who loves you deeply.  This separation is the lostness that we feel when we are living outside of an authentic relationship with our Creator.  In this separation, Paul describes us as being without a home, without an identity, without hope and without the foundation and rescue we so desperately need from God.

God never left us, we leave Him, yet He pursues us in order to reconcile us, to restore our relationship with Him.  We have run off and sold ourselves as slaves to our own desires, to sin and to the world’s systems, so God pursues us and has paid the ransom to bring us home.  Jesus paid it with His life, His blood, so we can be home with our Father.  God is not distant.  He is right here with you and invites you and I to enjoy the beauty of relationship with Him.

Response and Action-Today, I will accept God’s invitation to live in His presence.  He is near and I will choose to live near Him today, embracing Him and everything that He has for me.  I will choose to follow His leadership in every area today.

Pursuing Father, thank you for doing what I could not.  Thank you for never giving up on bringing me home and for paying the price to make it happen.  Help me to live in the joy and freedom of being Your child today.  Amen.