Limitations cause separations
Many things in life cause separations and there are many forms of separations. Separations are physical or emotional chasms that keep people from something or someone.
Distance separates many. The pain of death separates others. Different views keep people separated from each other. Some are separated from ideals. For example, those who strive to be the “best”, to find “meaning”, or to gain “approval”. They always seem just a little bit separated from their goals and ideals; they can’t seem to ever reach them.
One of the underlying causes of separations are limitations. We all have limitations and these limits keep us from others, from achievements and from goals.
The manifestations of limitations
Jesus however has no limitations. He is eternally consistent. His attributes and love know no bound. Place, time or space never limit Jesus. Nothing keeps Him from achieving His goals. His power and love are everywhere. Jesus can handle anything.
This is why the Psalmist extols that God’s “understanding is infinite” and this is why God is able to call all of the stars by their names (Psalm 147:4-5 KJV). Why does Jesus have no limitations? One of the many reasons is because He does not sin (I Pet. 2:22 KJV). However, our sins and sin nature limit us. We are fallible and selfish and as a result our limits present themselves in all areas of our lives from the grand to the small.
Take for instance an artist such as a sculptor, painter or designer and it is easy to take note of our limits. Skill levels limit artists. An experienced artist can do more than a new artist.
There are also limitations in terms of tools. A skilled designer with outdated software is not as proficient as one with the latest programs. These limitations separate us from achieving the truest goals and dazzling heights of our crafts. For example, no painter has ever painted a perfect work of art. “We still yearn for something more even on life’s mountaintops.”
When I played basketball our team had a saying: “there’s always someone better than you.” And it’s true!
We never reach our “full potential” in this life. Our fallen natures limit our potential in everything we endeavor to accomplish. This is why we “strive” for success and “climb” the ladder. Even when we reach the summit of success (by the world’s definition, whatever that may be) we find that it is lonely at the top. We still yearn for something more even on life’s mountaintops.
Jesus on the other hand can work on and with any type of individual. He can cleanse the darkest heart, move the largest mountain, and heal the most sick. Jesus’ skills never vary, and He never changes (Jas. 1:17 KJV).
It is a blessing that we never have to worry about Jesus’ skills getting better or worse. Nor do we have to be concerned that there will ever come a person or sickness that is too great or complex for Him to heal. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end (Rev. 1:8 KJV). He has no limits and is eternally consistent.
Besides skills and tools, there is also the matter of environment. Some humans are better in warm environments, others thrive more in the cold. The same is true for the time of day. Some are morning people, others night owls.
The truth is, all of us are only effective for certain times of the day and none of us can be awake all the time. Some are only most effective in certain environments.
Think about it, how many times have you failed to do something because you were tired, or the weather was bad? In these scenarios we are held back and are separated from what we want to be because we didn’t get enough sleep, or we can’t see in the dark or our allergies act up and so on. There are many ways limitations manifest themselves through environments.
Some might point out that these limitations stem from the environments themselves and are not related to us or our sin nature. However, before sin entered the world after the fall in the Garden of Eden, man was at harmony with his environment. There was no death and “lifespans” were not even a reality. Sadly, sin brought on the limitations and separations of death (Gen. 3:17-19 KJV and Rom. 5:12 KJV).
Again however, environments never limit Jesus. He can operate anywhere, and He is always effective no matter the place, temperature or hour. No matter how dark the environment, He shines. No matter how bad the people are around us, He protects us. He is everywhere by His very nature (Prov. 15:3 KJV).
Why we are limited and separated from God
Why do our limitations separate us from things, people and ideals? The reason is sin. Isaiah speaks to this exactly:
1) Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2) But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:1-2 (KJV)
Our iniquities or sins separate us from God. They also separate us from heaven (Gal. 5:21b KJV) and strain our relationships with others. This is why Jesus’ disciples asked Him “Who then can be saved?” (Matt. 19:25 KJV).
The whole point of the gospel is that we cannot save ourselves, nothing we do can earn our salvation. Why? Because of sin. Sin limits us from being saved and separates us from God for all eternity because death was brought into the world through Adam’s original sin. We are therefore all sinners separated from God.
However, while we cannot “save ourselves” there is good news! We are limited and sinners. Yet Jesus is limitless. Even while we were sinners He died for us.
8) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8 (KJV)
Jesus is the only one who can save us from our sin and rescue us from our separation from Him, both in this life and in the life to come. He is the only way (Jn. 14:6 KJV).
Notice what motivated His death for our sins. It is because He commended His love towards us that He died for us. His sacrifice was an act of love. God’s love for the lost is why He responded to the disciples’ earlier question about who could be saved with “but with God all things are possible.” (Matt. 19:26 KJV) He is the one, the only one, who can save us.
The greatest part about this is not just that God is love. Nor is it even that the means for our salvation are because of His love for us. While these are so amazing they cannot be put into words of great enough gratitude, there is one other awesome quality of God’s love. It is that we can never be separated from His love. This is actually a key reason for how God can save us by and through His love for us.
No separation from God’s love
There are no limits to Jesus’ power and presence, this is why we are never separated from Him. Nothing can separate us from God because He knows no limitations. Through God’s initiative in His love towards us He breaks through our limitations to reach Him when we cannot. Jesus, by His love for us and in His death for us, crosses through the gulf of separation between mankind and Himself and saves all who will come to Him in belief and repentance (Rom. 10:9-10 KJV). As Paul states…
38) For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39) Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-39 (KJV)“Jesus, by His love for us and in His death for us, crosses through the gulf of separation between mankind and Himself and saves all who will come to Him in belief and repentance.”
No matter where we are, no matter what happens to us, Jesus is there with us and is fully able to help us. And what is it specifically that we are not separated from? We are never separated from His love! This is because God is love…
8) He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.I John 4:8 (KJV)
16) And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.I John 4:16 (KJV)
When Jesus died on the cross He gave His life for us. All for love He died for you and for me. Through His love for us He saves us. His love is so great that we can never be separated from it. He is love, in Him is no sin, and only by His love may we be reunited to Him forevermore.
When we believe on Him and repent of our sins unto salvation, then our full potential is realized. God’s love breaks through our limitations and we know separation from Him no longer.Subscribe (RSS)