I was inspired by Pastor Travis' remarks during the Christmas concerts. He talked about how what we are moving toward shows what we value. And he talked about how when God came to earth at Christmas he moved toward us and this shows his great value for us. Pastor Travis also reminded us that God is near. The first thing Jesus seemed to preach, as He launched His ministry was this nearness:
Matthew 4:17 From then on Jesus began to preach, "Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near."
In the epistles we learn that when Jesus crowned His ministry through His death and resurrection He brought Himself near to all:
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.
How close is the Lord? How close is Jesus? How close is salvation for you, personally? How close is the Lord, when you feel far away?
He is always just "one turn away"...one "right" turn away. He is very, very near!
2 Corinthians 3:16 But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
blessings, with great thanks for Pastor Travis and the Chrismas message of 2013,