My father-in-law chose the latter and for years only had one key to their house; and oftentimes the key was hanging inside of their house. And if they did have another key, it was at a neighbor’s house just in case someone accidently locked the house when they left!
Back then, most people didn’t even lock their car doors until we had an advertising agency tell us to; “Lock your doors and take your keys.”
Yes, even then our nation had threats like today, but our response was to use common sense in how we chose to trust people with our possessions and our buildings. We used to be able to just walk up to the front door of a place of business and walk inside.
Today, we need something to access most places we will go on an average day. I wear an ID badge that has a security strip in it to allow me to open the doors of my place of business. Court houses, governments buildings, airports, apartments, hospitals, all require something to get into them. More and more our daily entrance into a place of business looks like the opening scene from “Get Smart”.
Increasingly in our world, there are passwords, codes, ID cards, limited access situations, etc. The average gas station won’t even let you get gas without going through a huge process of codes, scans, and extra work. That is unless you have great prophetic gifts and are able to walk inside and let the clerk know exactly how much gas you will put into your gas tank so that you can pre-pay.
Wow, didn’t know that I was holding onto that one!
Even clubs have some sort of hurdle, some sort of guest list that one must go over to get inside. As I said, we used to be able to just walk up to a door and go inside. Now we need to be on some list in order to get in, or we need someone to say; “He’s with me” or “I’m with her…”
Wouldn’t it be nice to have one place where we can go and know that someone has already made a way for us to walk up and walk in without all of the hassle we go through everywhere else?
Won’t it be nice to know that we can walk up and the doors will swing wide as though they were waiting for us instead of having to scan something. And what if that place had access during the night hours where it makes sense to have tight security…
There is such a place. And it is the only place I can think of that SHOULD be locked ALL the time because NONE of us deserve to be able to come into it.
This place defies all logic and understanding; in fact for thousands of years the great thinkers of this world have tried to explain it away and therefore have never come in even though they too have total access!
Where is this place? It is in the very throne room of the only One who says “He/she is with me; let them in” because He paid the price for our total access.
His name is Jesus Christ. The place is the Father’s House and it is open for business and access twenty four hours a day; it’s even open on Sundays and holidays!
The only denial off access would be to deny Him or His offer to come in. In fact we don’t even have to be clean. The Bible says;
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:19-22)
He is waiting holding open the door. Waiting to say to those who ask, “He or She is with Me; let them in!”
Take Him up on His offer; it will be the best decision you’ve ever made!
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