“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.” Col. 1:21
“Once you were” is obviously a thing of the past, isn’t it? Can we honestly say that I am no longer that way at the present time?
How do I relate to God now? I ask. Is the relationship as intimate as it can ever be, or is it still somewhat strained? It could be far better, yet it could also be a lot worse. It’s just maintained at a certain level, which is probably fine with me, but it may not be acceptable to the Lord.
It took place such a long time ago and, if my memory serves me right, I was totally lost compared to what I am now. Yet I wasn’t as miserable as I could have been then and I am not as joyful as I should ever be now. What I am at the present time is an “in-between” stage, and what I am capable of becoming is certainly infinitely greater than what I have left behind.
It’s not a wise thing to compare myself with myself. In another words, to compare my present with my past, and be content with who and what I am. I may no longer be alienated from the Lord, but my relationship with him has a lot to be desired. In fact, the room for improvement is enormous.
A drastic breakthrough is needed, yet I may not have the courage to do so, for there are always growing pains involved, a price I may not be willing to pay. This is my comfort zone, and I am rather reluctant to step outside of it. Launching the ship into the deep to catch more fish may be an appealing idea, yet it causes fear if I am no longer able see the coastline which gives me a sense of security.
Sufferings of any sort tend to cause us to grow spiritually. This is such a common idea that most people seem to take it as the ironclad truth, but after I have experienced suffering, I have yet to find out the validity of it. Can we, I often wonder, enhance our spiritual growth through some other means?
One of the things that we can do, however, is to break away from the old ways of doing things and to establish new ways of our daily operations. Old habits die hard and they may have become strangleholds that choke our spiritual advancement.
How do we go about doing it? By taking a baby step in getting rid of the old and starting something new. For instance, cutting down our daily screen time and increasing our Scripture reading may be a good start. Intimacy in a relationship doesn’t need to start with an earth-shattering event; it can even be kick started with a simple daily face to face conversation.