Wednesday, January 23, 2013

TOTAL ACCESS

“Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”
~ Luke 9:48, NIV~

Accessibility.  Inclusion.  These are the buzzwords of today's special needs culture.  How deeply those of us living within this disability-challenged world want total access to every place that typical people enjoy.  We want to be given the dignity of using a simple bathroom without it becoming a major trauma in our lives.  And we want the sensitivity of being included, even joyfully welcomed in schools, churches and community events.  

The pain of having ourselves or our loved ones denied participation in church worship or education is one of our lives greatest stressors.  Coupled together with ridicule or rejection by peers, the weight of access denied can be crushing.

So why would the One who created us in His image feel any less when we deny Him total access into every part of our lives?  God made us to be loved by Him.  We are the object of His affection.  Like the humans He made, the Lord loves when that devotion is mutual.  And as the flow of that reciprocated love between God and ourselves is fostered, intimacy grows.

Think of all that the Lord freely gives us access to.  When Jesus gave His life for us, it not only assured our eternal salvation, it also opened the way for every blessing of God to be ours.  In Hebrews 4:16, Paul assures us, "Let us therefore draw near with boldness unto the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help us in time of need." (ASV)  We can be bold because we are now sealed by the power of the Holy Spirit.  We have available to us the same mighty power that burst Jesus forth from the grave.  God didn't have to do that for us, but He did.

How then is it that we subtly decide one problem is big enough for God to handle, but we shouldn't bother Him with another?  On the other hand, how is it that we falsely believe that any situation is too difficult for the Lord?  Spending time in solitude and prayer can even awaken us to the fact that we allow God into parts of our lives, but not others.  We may be passionate about letting Him dictate our finances, but refuse to consult Him with our medical decisions.  We may have a set of "church friends," but don't speak of the Lord with our friends from the old neighborhood, and so on.

Pray with me today that we would give God total access to our affections, our activities and our behavior, just as we appreciate having that access to Him.  Let's quiet ourselves each day, taking one small step at a time as we gently unfold like a blossoming flower before Him.  He has our best in mind, but we can only experience His best for us when we give Him that complete and total access.

PRAY:  Father, I have been holding back.  I confess there have been parts of my life that I don't want to surrender to you.  I enjoy them too much or fail to trust that You will handle them.  Jesus, by the power of Your Holy Spirit that lives in me, set me free today.  I want to grow in intimacy with You, so I can experience Your best.


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