Be Bold

March 3, 2020
Be bold!
A while ago a repairman come to our house to fix the air conditioner. He didn’t come in the house and open up my refrigerator to get something to drink. He didn’t sit on my couch and watch Netflix. He went straight to the air conditioning unit and fixed the problem. He knew he couldn’t come in and make himself at home. He was there as a servant, not a son.
But when our kids come over, they don’t ask, “Hey, Dad, can I go to the refrigerator and get something to drink? Can I sit on the couch?” No, they don’t ask permission; they act like they own the place – and, in a way, they do. They’re my children. Everything I have is theirs.
And I like the fact they know who they are. They’re confident, so they go boldly to the refrigerator. The Bible tells us to “Go boldly to the throne of grace” (Hebrews 4:16) – not as a servant, saying, “God, I know I don’t deserve it. I know I’m unworthy.” No, if you want to make God happy, if you want to put a smile on God’s face, go to Him with boldness. Go to Him like you know He’s proud of you, like you know He loves you, like you know He wants to be good to you. Ask Him for your dreams to come true. Pray bold prayers. You’re not inconveniencing Him.
Never once has one of my kids come into our house and said, “Dad, I don’t deserve to eat here. Let me work for you and earn the right to have this meal.” If they did that, number one, I’d check their temperature. Number two, as their father, I would be disappointed. I would think, Don’t they know they’re my kids and I always want to be good to them?
Are you trying to earn God’s goodness, trying to be good enough, thinking that then maybe you’ll deserve God’s blessings? That’s a slave mentality. Why don’t you just start believing that you’re already in the family. Jesus says, “It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” God is longing to be good to you.

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