Dec 15, 2011

Authorized Personnel Only

Have you ever seen a sign on the door stating that you weren’t supposed to go in unless you had authorization? How did you feel; excluded?  

Have you ever gone into a place that you weren’t supposed to go? How did you feel knowing that at any moment you could be caught and told to leave; afraid?

Have you ever gone into a place where you were told that you could come in even though there was a sign on the door stating that you weren’t supposed to go in unless you had authorization? How did you feel; hesitant and anxious?

I have been in many places that required me to have some sort of authorization to be there, which usually include either someone to escort me or a badge or both. Usually at these places there were also checkpoints, and security guards, and cameras. And, I have always been amazed at the power of a plastic badge clipped on a shirt.

At some events at which I had a leadership role or special authorization, how quickly security people will move out of the way to let me pass. One of my security badges contained neither my photo or my name; just a the name of the event and a one inch sticker that had amazing “power” to get me into any room that I wanted to go to in the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I even went into some rooms just because I could and because some person or persons had deemed it necessary for me to have this authorization. And so I went in; boldly, and I did what I needed to do and it got done.

One place that I was at I was told that only a small group of people ever earn the right to be at the place where I was standing. I am so glad that this is NOT the case when we approach God!

Do you realize that as a Christian, you have a “security badge” in which you have authorization to come into the very throne room of God? You and I as Christians are able to go past all of the “security guards” and talk to God face to face; whenever we want to! In the Bible, the writer of the book of Hebrews in Chapter 4:14-16 tells us that we not only SHOULD go in, but exhorts us to come in BOLDLY to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

I love the way that Eugene Peterson puts it:  “Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let's not let it slip through our fingers. We don't have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He's been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let's walk right up to Him and get what He is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.” (Hebrews 4:14-16 The Message)
Do you have a need today? Then run in quickly, boldly and you will find mercy and help!

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