~Ephesians 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
As I looked at this beautiful photograph taken by my friend Pam Banegas, I was led to meditate on my sin in comparison to each one of these pieces of wood in the wood pile. I discovered a few things:
- First, this wood is no longer living, but dead. Sin kills us and separates us from a right relationship with God. To the unsaved, it means eternal life in the Lake of Fire. To the believer, it means the days ahead will be filled with chastisement from the Lord. The believer’s punishment for sin has already been taken on by Christ with His death on the cross. Therefore, our chastisement is here on earth, not for eternity.
- Secondly, it takes quite a few logs to make a wood pile. Sin never sits by itself when one does not repent. It leads to other sins – one by one they begin to form a pile, a barrier if you will. Our fellowship with the Father is no longer open. There is a barrier, a wall in between us. It is not one a barrier that the Father has built but one that we are responsible for building.
- Lastly, the wood pile can come down but we have to bring it down for ourselves. Repentance restores our fellowship by tearing down the barrier between us and our Heavenly Father. We can once again see Him and experience His healing hand in our spirit.
Christ tore down the barriers between God and man by sacrificing Himself for us! Once we accept His saving grace, we become children of the King – eternally His. However, this does not mean that we will never sin again. We most assuredly will! But we know we have forgiveness. When we truly repent, we acknowledge our sin (each one of those logs in the wood pile) and we change directions. Most assuredly the path we had been following was not working for us because we managed to create a massive wood pile! Changing heart and direction and pushing forward with the light of God’s Word and His Holy Spirit to guide us, is the by product of repentance.
Repentance is a grace, and must have its daily operation, as well as other graces. A true penitent must go on from faith to faith, from strength to strength; he must never stand still or turn back. True repentance is a continued spring, where the waters of godly sorrow are always flowing. ‘My sin is ever before me’.