There’s something I really love about my guy.
I’m always welcome.
If a game is on TV, I’m welcome to sit by him. He opens his arms and draws me close. He’s watching the game, but he’s also aware of me. There’s no waving me away or asking me, “Hey babe, don’t you want to watch a Downton Abby episode or something?”
If I’m still wearing sweat pants and a T-shirt with my hair in a clippy, I’m just as welcome as when I’m smelling all fresh and wearing my jeans and high heels.
Thank goodness, my guy doesn’t ask me to get all cleaned up just to hang out with him.
He’s been welcoming me for 36 years (and now as grandparents of six beautiful “littles”) and I don’t want to ever take that for granted. It’s an open door policy that has made our marriage special and it’s made this girl feel super loved.
We also have an open-door policy with God
This was pretty startling information for the believing Jews.
Just getting to go at all into God’s presence was going boldly for the Jews.
They had always had to go through priests to get to God before. They had to go through cleansing rituals and offer sacrifices. The priest went into the Holy of Holies only once a year, so they carried a burden of sins for what seemed like forever.
This was never the way God intended. He sent Jesus and that ultimate sacrifice conquered sin and created an open-door policy for all of us.
We can go to God with bold confidence through faith in Christ. Ephesians 3:12 (GW)
In Ephesians 3:1-11, Paul had just emphasized one more time they mystery of being God’s child and that there were spiritual blessings linked to that relationship. One of those spiritual blessings — because of Christ — is the open door policy.
In him and through faith in him Suzie may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Suzie can go to God with bold confidence through faith in Christ.
Because of Christ and Suzie’s faith in him, she can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.
This same verse, in three different versions, makes me feel welcome in the presence of God.
Does it you?
You see, sometimes we might struggle with that. I know that what I have with Richard is special, because I’ve not always had an open-door policy with people, like my biological dad. He wasn’t on the scene. He wasn’t a terrible man, just an absent one.
We can’t allow people to define God
Not Richard. Not my dad. Not that person who says I have to be a certain way for Jesus to love me.
Instead, we simply approach God with confidence. We don’t try to clean up because He’s the one who cleanses our sin. We don’t try to be like someone else, because He created you uniquely.
What is boldness? It’s approaching God without shame, knowing that He’s Abba Father.
What does it mean to be confident? We are assured that when we sit in His presence He pulls each of us close and whispers, “mine.”
- Read Hebrews 4:16 – Write this scripture in your journal.
- Look up the word confident. Share one definition here.
- Name one way you can approach God with confidence.
- Create a prayer from the heart. Thank Him that you are always welcome in His presence.