What an absolute honor and pleasure it is, as followers of Jesus, to have access to him at all times. Think about that for a second. The artist that sewed together the millions of constellations above our heads also gives us access to himself. What does that even mean? Ephesians 2:18-20 says, “For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens of the saints and members of God’s household, built on the foundations of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.”
What this is saying is that you are not a stranger to God - you are his family. To put it in perspective, if a stranger came to your door wanting to walk in, you’d be hesitant at first, right? Sure, maybe after talking with them for a bit your mind would change, but at first you wouldn’t want an absolute stranger simply walking into your home. Now, if that person outside your door was a family member, even a distant/estranged family member, that hesitation wouldn’t be there. Your door would naturally be more open to family and friends. Well, thanks to Jesus, God’s door is always open and available for you to walk in and visit.
Now, this subject alone can be an entire book. But what was on my heart to share in this post has to do with the question, why do we even meet with God? Or better yet, why do YOU meet with God? Jesus personally challenged me with this recently. He specifically asked me, “What if I never answered any of your prayers again for the rest of your life? Would my presence be enough? Would you still meet with me? Would you still love me? Would you still trust me?”
I’ve discovered in my short journey with Jesus up to this point, that when he asks a question, he obviously knows the answer. The answer is not what He’s after; rather, he’s simply revealing our hearts. We can see him doing this with his disciples all the time throughout the Gospels. And it’s safe to say, I saw my heart beating and bleeding on the floor in front of me after these questions. I felt in my heart that I knew Jesus wouldn’t forever stop answering my prayers, but I could see where he was going. I was meeting with him strictly for selfish ambition, for answers to my desires.
Now, hear my heart on this. To seek God for guidance and vision for your life is good and needed, but to seek him like a genie to grant your wishes is something entirely different. I think I was beginning to lean in that direction. I had forgotten all about the relationship factor with Jesus and was wanting only results from him. He is more than happy to hear our thoughts, dreams, needs, wants etc, but he is not a prayer vending machine. Sometimes we won’t get answers from him in the timeline that we’d like. He wants to walk WITH us through the messy process of life. That will in turn, make us the human beings he created us to be in the first place.
Jesus says in John 5:19, “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” He just laid out the relationship guidelines for us to follow. Let us be a people who only do and say what Jesus is doing and saying. A lot of times that may entail us being still and simply knowing that he is God. I challenge you to ask yourselves the same questions Jesus asked me. Is he enough?