“Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.”
Ephesians 3:12 (NLT)
How do you approach God? It often depends on your presuppositions of who God really is. Is He some mean, unreasonable disciplinarian that is watching your every move? Is God some detached, non-involved egghead that knows a lot but has no personality that can relate to you? Perhaps your view of God is that of a Santa Claus that you give your wish list to and hope to get nice things in return. Perhaps worst than any of these, the God you worship is unpredictable. You never know if and when God is going to show up and what kind of mood He will be in. What we believe about God has a lot to do with the way we come to Him. In today’s passage, Paul is writing about his faith in God. He says that because of Christ, we can come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. Now Christ paints a whole new picture of God. Philip was having doubts about God so he asked Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus replied to him, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!” If we want to know about God, all we have to do is look at the life and love of Jesus. The author of Hebrews says it best. He writes, “So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” So today, how should you come to God? Look to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and join Paul in saying, “Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.”
Dear Father, thank You for Your love for me. Thank You for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that has made it possible for me to come boldly to You. I come now boldly and confidently into Your presence to receive afresh all Your love and understanding. Thank You, In Jesus name.
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