Monday, October 05, 2015
Boldness Does Not Imply Equality
This makes all the difference in the world in our relationship with God. In light of the High Priesthood of Jesus, Hebrews 4:16 proclaims, “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.” Because of who Jesus is and what he has done, we know that God has forgiven our sins and that he understands our struggles. Therefore, we do not have to wallow in guilt when we approach God. We do not come before him begging for a hearing and fearful of his rejection. Rather, we come “boldly,” telling God everything on our minds and hearts. When we come before God in prayer, we know in advance that we will receive God’s mercy and grace … not because we deserve it, but because of what Christ, our High Priest, has done for us.I agree God's love allows us to approach him boldly, but we still approach Him as supplicants. He is still King and we can not let His love for us allow us to think we are somehow equals.
If you work with important people, you will now that some are open door and some are closed door. With the former you walk in and state your business, with the later you make an appointment - something that emphasizes that their time is more important than yours. We worship and open door God, but make no mistake, He is still God. His time is more important than ours, he just chooses to not act too self-important.
Too many people also assume that a bold approach means you will always get what you are asking. He is still the boss and he can still say "No."
There is an old phrase, "Familiarity breeds contempt." I worry about that when people talk about approaching God "boldly." Yes, we indeed can, but we cannot allow His openness with us to to in anyway diminish our respect for Him. We do so at our peril.
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