Thursday, October 4, 2012

Coming Home

"One Year Bible" New Testament Passage (for Fri., Oct. 5, 2012)
Colossians 1:18-2:7

21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— Colossians 1:21-22 (NKJV)

There is something in every human heart that longs for HOME. We were made for relationships.  We are designed to flourish in a place of peace and acceptance -- a place called HOME.  It is in this sense that the deep impact of sin has taken its toll on so many.  Isaiah 59:2 says that our sins have separated us from our God and have hidden His face from us.

Not only have our sins separated us from God, they have also separated us from each other -- from the richness and beauty of friendship and kinship.  Our sins have often built walls around us so that we feel very alone and far from home -- even in a crowd.

Have you ever been so far from home that you wondered if you could ever find your way back?  We are all a little like the prodigal son of Jesus' parable.  But, from his pig pen, that young man began to come back to his father.  He had acted like an enemy "by wicked works."  But he was welcome as he walked back up that familiar path to home.

That's the way our heavenly Father feels about us, too.  There is a "holy and blameless" robe he places on our shoulders.  Though we have been alienated and even enemies of God and each other, true communion is now possible because of Jesus.  That's His invitation:  COME HOME.

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