Daily D – Ephesians 3:12
Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. EPHESIANS 3:12 (NLT)
Think of the most prominent person or persons you have met. Who introduced you? My wife, daughter, and I stepped onto an elevator one day and noticed a boy with a dog. My bride paid attention to the dog all the way to the ground floor. She missed the couple standing in the back.
Our daughter and I, however, recognized the couple and stood in a wee bit of awe. Senator John McCain and his wife Cindy shared the lift with us. The war hero and former presidential candidate smiled and nodded. We did the same.
My bride began chatting about the cute dog as soon as we stepped into the lobby. We let her know who she missed.
We did not encroach on the senator and his wife’s privacy. We were not formally introduced. Public people deserve relief from the pressures of fawning fans seeking selfies.
I have been introduced to some Very Important People. (FYI: This does not make me a VIP. Those guys would not remember me from Adam.) I sat in a room and enjoyed conversation with people who are frequent guests on news channels. I spoke at a conference filled with government leaders from a closed communist nation. I participated in a meeting with over one hundred and fifty leading religious leaders from around the world from the three Abrahamic faiths.
I could go on. So could you. We could hitch up our britches and one-up one another for hours. Or we could turn to more important matters like considering the meaning of this Bible verse. It says the most important person who ever walked the face of this earth introduces us to the Maker of Heaven and Earth.
We can come into the very presence of God because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross and in the resurrection. We come to him boldly and confidently. We come as his dearly loved children. Jesus teaches how to come to him in what we often call the Lord’s Prayer when he instructs us to pray, “Our Father in heaven, . . .” (Matt. 6:9).
God in heaven is our Father. He is our Father. Jesus taught us to pray not as outsiders looking in, but as dearly loved family members. He includes us as part of the family. Those who come to Jesus and receive his gift of salvation are not subjects, not slaves, but members of the family.
Jesus himself makes the introduction. He makes the relationship possible. We can enter our Father in heaven’s presence confident in our relationship with him. We can enter his presence confident he will receive us and hear us.
The only thing that could keep you from entering God’s presence is your reluctance to seize the opportunity. Put away false humility. Get rid of sinful pride. Do not allow anything to hold you back from what Jesus makes possible for you. Go to our Father in heaven now. Tell him all that is on your heart and mind. Seek his truth and wisdom. Know him and experience him.
Someone somewhere will bring up God today. Feel free to smile a knowing smile. You know him. You have been properly introduced. You have been given the privilege to introduce others to him. You can do so confidently.
I will know and experience God and help others do the same.
Our Father, thank you for making it possible for us to know you and experience you. Thank you for what Jesus did for us to make this possible. Than you for including us in your family. Use us to expand your family by introducing others to you. Amen.
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Matthew 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
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Isaiah 65:24 “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”