I don’t think this battle between what we want to do and what we do do is a new thing.
Paul struggled with it and I mean, he was Paul. So if he got himself in a pickle from time to time, it’s really too much to expect that we won’t! Not that I’m putting him on a pedestal or anything, that’s a wobbly place for anyone.
But if you had to list out holy people who did cool stuff for God, I’m pretty sure Paul would make most Christian’s lists.
So what do you do when God feels far away?
Or how about when you really, really want to love Jesus but it all just falls a bit flat?
Well, I have another question for you …
What do you do when your partner feels far away? Or if you don’t have a significant other, how about your mum or dad? If they’re feeling a bit distant, what do you do?
And what about those times when, you still really love them, but it’s all just feeling a bit meh?
Do we give up? Decide that we can’t have really loved them after all, otherwise we wouldn’t be feeling like this?
Or do we try something else?
Quite the little question master today aren’t I? (Although yes, that one’s a rhetorical one!)
Seriously though, God’s your dad. Jesus is described as a dear friend or like a brother. I don’t know what your relationship is like with your dad or your brother and if it’s not perfect, me saying that might make you wince.
But imagine what you’d like a relationship with a dad and brother to look like. Picture it in it’s dream-dream scenario.
That’s you, God and Jesus, hanging out, doing your thing.
So what if, when he’s feeling far away and you want to love him but are struggling, you just show up. Tell him how you’re feeling? Be real about it?
What would that look like?