As a little kid, I remember sitting in the wooden pew listening to the hymns sung by the choir. I learned eternal truths like: God is big, sovereign, holy, and loving.
However, somewhere along the way a lie also sank deep into my heart. I don’t know if anyone ever said it or if I just assumed it. Either way, the lie took root and it’s been sitting in my heart every since. Here’s the lie:
If I behaved, I had more permission to approach God. Otherwise, I couldn’t come close enough to “look God in the eye.”
What’s “proper behavior”? I thought it was:
- Reading my Bible daily
- Praying daily
- Not committing any of the “big” sins
- Going to church every weekend
- Giving money to the church
- Telling God “thank you” before my meals
I was trying to perform my way into his presence. It was a frustrating cycle that led to disappointment with . . . myself.
Ever thought that? Maybe, you’re believing that now.
In Hebrews chapter nine, God says he isn’t impressed with anything we do. But he still invites us to walk right up to him and talk closely.
So, friends, we can now – without hesitation – walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body. So let’s do it – full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Hebrews 10:19-22 (MSG)
Whoa! I can look God in the eye and talk to him as if he’s sitting next to me on my coach . . . because he is.
God sits on his throne and he sits on my second-hand couch.
God does not love us because we serve him, give to him, or obey him. God loves us because he is love! He accepts us because we trust Christ.
One Simple Step
Forget your religious routine today. Because of Jesus, look God in the eye. Be bold. Walk right up to him.
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