With Easter coming up the thought of that famous sermon "It's Friday But Sunday's Coming" has been constantly on my mind. For those who have not heard it please look it up, you will thoroughly be inspired. It is about the doom of the crucifixion overcome by the joy of the resurrection,and how it applies to our lives today.
So I thought to myself, why not take it a little farther, since many of us were way far away from any kind of spiritual existence in our days of addiction and whatever else we would do for personal satisfaction. We were not only lost, we were without much hope of ever finding our way to a life of normalcy and recovery. We were on the outside of life looking in and we were A Long Way From Sonday!
People who have not dealt with addiction forms such as alcohol, drugs, sex, work, food, religion, money et al would maybe not understand what I am talking about, but let me assure you, we were much like that fellow in the bible who ran around the graveyards like a wild man- out of control though we may have thought we were in control, and living only for the moment in front of us. But then he ran into Jesus, and he sat beside him after his healing like a little child who had been put in his place.
The resurrection provides proof of Jesus as our savior and messiah, but our personal transformations like the aforementioned man and others in scripture as well as our present life are testimony that He is still healing today, he is still bringing us back from one foot in hell to a solid rock to stand on. We were A Long Way From Sonday until he became our Sunday!
It looked hopeless for us, it looked for many like our lives were over because we could not save ourselves, but the man on the cross became the way to transformation by demonstrating the full power of God when he arose from that grave. Because of that miracle, we have an open door to walk through what is referred to as the narrow gate, that one that not many choose to enter, except those of us who realize that without a relationship to our God, we will remain lost.
We can't heal ourselves, figure out all the steps to get there, but because that gate remains open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, it is only left up to us to enter. Then, when we enter in, we will no longer be A Long Way From Sonday!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.