Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. Genesis 3:22-24
After they had disobeyed God Adam and Eve were driven out of Eden no longer to have the same relationship they once had with God. Ever since, humans have been trying to recreate Eden and they have always failed. Eden was more than a place of creature comforts and a life of relative ease. In fact it was more than just a place. Eden was about a special relationship that God had with His creation. More importantly it was about a relationship God had with humanity His ultimate creation.
We are unable to rebuild that relationship on our own. That has not kept us from trying. Religions come on the scene all ready to show us how we can reach heaven on our own through our works or by following a set of rules. Some will tell us we can save not only ourselves but those who had died before us. People go off on their own to form utopian societies and always fail. No matter how hard we try we just are not good enough to mend our relationship with God.
The good news is we do not have to be good enough. We do not have to earn our way back to God. There is no 5 or 8 or however many step path to God. There is only one step, that step we take toward Christ. He alone can mend our broken relationship with God. He alone was good enough to pay the price for our rebellion. He is the way and the only way. No matter how harsh that sounds there is one and only one way back to God, Jesus the Christ.
It is really so simple, accept God’s grace and Jesus’ sacrifice. Admit that you are a sinner, maybe that hardest part, repent and ask for forgiveness that is there for the taking. Once that is done watch how your life is changed. Slowly but surely you will find that the old life no longer has such a hold on you. No, you won’t be perfect and yes you will continue to sin but you will find that sin is gradually losing its grip on you. Just remember that this is a lifelong process and for all of us it will only be finished once we are free from our sinful flesh and restored to a new body.
Until then we need to lean on Jesus and let God work in our lives. You may not notice the change but I can assure you those around you will. Some will be happy and some, those from the old life, will be angry. But they all will notice the changed you.
Have a blessed day,