The Love of God and The Problem of Separation
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is one of the most striking passages in the New Testament. Nothing, nada, zilch, can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord! Take a second to reread this passage and consider what this verse is communicating here. Now ask yourself, do you really believe this? Do you believe that God's love for you and I is so utterly pervasive that there exists nothing in all of reality as we know it that can wedge itself between us and Him?
I run into Christians all the time who seem to think pretty much anything and everything can cut them off from Him. Now of course none of us would come out and say this, but our actions, our language, the way we treat and see others, all betray an inner uncertainty about the love that God has for us. Christians overall tend to hold to a set of contradictory beliefs about God and the work of Christ. For instance, some Christians believe God has forgiven them of sin, but if they sin, they have to jump through some religious hoops in order to sway the heart of God back to them. Some Christians believe Jesus took the punishment for our sins, but somehow God is still going to judge them at the end of days. What is there to judge exactly when all of your screw ups were pardoned from the beginning? Others confess Christ is sufficient and God saves us by grace, but then they act as though God still demands or expects something from them.
The good news in Christ our Lord is that His work has fixed us, made us perfect, and has fully reconciled us back to God. Nothing we do or fail to do will ever change that. Yet we still have this separation anxiety, this fear that this news is too good to be true. So we fear that the next blunder, or failure to do some good, is going to result in God finally having His fill of us and moving on to someone else–someone more deserving of His affection. We amend the gospel in our hearts and actions, adding new clauses, conditions, and expectations. We then jam these amendments into the mouth of the divine and pretend that these fears and insecurities of ours are actually divine ordinances.
I believe this passage from Romans! I am convinced that nothing in all creation can ever separate me from God because Jesus is enough! He literally did it all, and there remains nothing, hear me now, nothing for me to do, fulfill, or achieve. I am His little boy, the one He favors, I belong to Him and He is committed to nurturing me as my Abba, my Daddy.
What if the truth is that we have this thing all screwed up in our heads? What if the good news is… you know... good news? My friends that separation anxiety, those amendments and clauses we have added to the gospel, all of it is in our heads. God is here, now, and He is with you. His gaze is eternally fixed on you in loving adoration of who you are as His own precious little child. You can relax friend! You can choose right now to step into this reality that nothing, absolutely nothing, will ever separate you from Him. No sin, lack of service, unforgiveness, pain, fear, nothing in all of creation can ever come between you and Him! What if you began to live like you actually believed that?