Does your sin keep you distant from God?
The Christian scriptures are clear that the very nature of sin is that it distances us from God. Yet the very purpose of Christ’s incarnation was and is to restore his people to himself, to close the gulf that sin has opened.
The challenge of the Christian life is that we, unfortunately, do not cease sinning as soon as Jesus calls us his own and we become a part of God’s people. The process of becoming like Jesus is lifelong. So what do we do with the experience of distance that sin creates in our ongoing walk with Jesus?
One thing I would suggest we should not do with that experience of distance is what we most often do. We avoid God. We avoid confession and repentance, and very often this feels like some sort of holy ritual. Feeling our guilt and shame and knowing that God is holy, we think it best to stay out of his presence for a bit while the dust of our sin settles. I want to suggest that this response is precisely what sin and evil want. If the evil one can not only entice us to sin but also to avoid God, then he has won a double victory.