- Letters from Batsirai
- Feel Like a Spiritual Yo-Yo? Me too, but here's a tip...
Feel Like a Spiritual Yo-Yo? Me too, but here's a tip...
Union vs Communion
Ever feel like a yo-yo?
Sometimes, my connection with God feels like a yo-yo, fluctuating between closeness and distance. There are days when I'm incredibly intimate with Him, and others when I barely think about Him at all. I feel even more distant from God when I stumble and fall into sinful thoughts or actions. This bothered me, especially when leading worship or attending a service. I didn't want to be a hypocrite.
One quote that helped me was, " I will not let what's wrong with me stop me from worshiping and praising what's right with God." It allowed me to realize that I can worship Him for who He is and His unwavering love for me, regardless of my shortcomings.
It's important to remember that our feelings of distance, disqualification, or unworthiness don't matter because Jesus is worthy. Our union with Christ is what gives us access to His presence – not our good behavior. We must understand the difference between our union and communion with God. Our union is steadfast and unchanging; even in our darkest moments, He loves us. Our communion, however, can change based on our experiences and interactions with Him.
Think of the relationship between a parent and their child – the parent's love remains constant, but the experience of that love varies depending on the child's actions. Our goal should be to maintain an intimate communion with God so that when we stumble, we run towards Him rather than away.
Remember the story of Adam and Eve: God still showed up for the walk after they sinned. (Genesis 3:8) The same applies to us – He continues to show up in our lives despite our sins and mistakes. Like the father in the parable of the prodigal son, He awaits our return with open arms.
When it comes time to worship Him or leading others in worship, don't let your shortcomings prevent you from praising God. Embrace the freedom to enter His presence boldly, shaking off any shame. Remember that we are as loved and righteous as Jesus, and our union with Him allows us to approach God without fear.
In conclusion, don't let what's wrong with you stop you from worshiping what's right with Him. Live in the knowledge of His love and righteousness, and watch as your world transforms.