Access to God
by Philip Oommen, India
Becoming a true Christian has enormous consequences.
Relationships are changed; we are given privileges, we look at life differently;
our resources are inexhaustible. How do we receive all of this? Paul makes it
clear: through the Lord Jesus Christ in Romans 5:1-5.
relationships are changed: we have peace with God (Roman 5:1).
It is enough to
sing about. We enjoy the peace that comes from being made with right with God,
but we still face daily problems that often help us grow.
We are given
privileges: we have access by faith into Godís very presence (Rom 5:2).
were outside, now we are invited into Kingís presence.
We look at life
differently: We can be joyful even when facing the hard things that come into
our lives (Rom 5:3).
We know life is not purposeless. God is taking the stuff of
our lives and making something good out of it.††We are on our way somewhere. God
wants to get us ready for heaven. Our joy is real because we know we will one
day share the glory of God.
Our resources are inexhaustible: God keeps
pouring his love into our hearts (Rom 5:5).
He is also generous in His supply
that we an overflow of love for other people. He gives us the Holy Spirit who
not only transforms our thinking but makes Godís love real to us.
Our trouble begins when we forget these realities and
concentrate on our inadequacies, our fears, and all other manifestations of our
smallness. The proof of Godís love is that Jesus Christ died for us. We are no
more shivering outside in the cold with no credentials to come before the King.
Jesus has invited us into his very presence and has given us all we need and
more besides. This passage in Romans 5 is a renewed invitation to take advantage of
your privileges as sons and daughters of the Kings.
should be the priorities of Christians in the 21st century?
Remain in Jesus Christ is our first priority. Make our chief
concern the glory of the Father and the glory of the Son through the power of
the Holy Spirit. Be zealous above all to put Him first! Our second priority is
love each other. Our third priority is to reach out and testify about Jesus
Christ to the world.