Yesterday I shared week two of our series, Vision for the Journey. In this series I’m sharing some of the passages that God lead me to as I was preparing to start this church and what they have to say about the future of Journey Church. Check out the Journey Church Facebook page for the full service video. Here are some additional thoughts I didn’t share during that service.
God’s people turned from God
Throughout the Old Testament of the Bible, the people of Israel had a habit of turning from God. Actually, I guess it would be more accurate to say they drifted from God. In shared two verses from the book of Jeremiah. In the time those verses were written the Israelites had, once again, drifted away from God. This verse shows that, even though the Israelites had turned from God and done many things wrong, God still loved them and desired a restoration of their relationship with Him.
“I will give them a heart to know me, that I am Lord. They will be my people,
and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.”
Why does this matter to us?
If we are completely honest, many Christians would have to admit that we have drifted from God at some point in our lives. I certainly did. During that time, God’s love for us never changed. He continues to desire a relationship with us. He continues to desire a relationship with YOU.
It’s not too late and you aren’t too far
If you find yourself having drifted away from God, it’s not too late. You can, right now, return to God. It also doesn’t matter how far you’ve drifted, you’re still not too far away. You see, no matter how long or how far you have walked away from God, it only takes one step to return to him.
Pray this verse, as a prayer
Recently I read an article where the author said he prayed this verse, and another one, as a prayer that changed his life. If you’ve drifted from God, and are ready to return, praying this verse as a prayer could be a great first step. Not sure what that might look like. Try this:
“Dear Jesus, give me a heart to know you, that you are Lord. Let me be your people,
and you my God. Today I return to you. Help me to do so with all my heart.”
There is no magic in this prayer. I will not promise you that your life will instantly get better when you pray this prayer. I will, however, promise you that you will get closer to God. You may not feel it right away, but you will be closer to God.