No matter how far you’ve wandered from God, the journey back is only one small step
I heard my sister say once that she’d done some things so bad, she just didn’t think God would want her back. That got me thinking – just how far would you have to wander away for Him to feel that way. And I realized you can’t wander that far away.
The whole reason He came to this earth was to save you (Luke 19:10). He wants you for His own. He wants you to come to Him, and He will search for you where ever you go, like a lost sheep or a lost coin (Luke 15).
Jesus did NOT come to this earth so that you would walk around feeling guilty for your sin, or fearful of hell, or sorrowful and empty, or scared of death and dying. He came that you may have life and have it to the full (John 10:10). In fact He said that “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” (I John 4:18).
So just how bad can you get, and still be in His favor? Consider that the people Peter addressed in Acts 2 had just hung Jesus on a cross, mocked Him, and crucified Him. And Peter told them all they needed to do was “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Then he added “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off” (Acts 2:38-39a).
So – really – exactly how much worse could you have done than hang God on a cross? If He told them…the one’s who killed his most precious gift…if He told them – “just stand over here next to me” – don’t you think He wants you, too?