“And since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings.” (Hebrews 10: 21 – 22a)
If I tell you that you are welcome in my house anytime, the door is unlocked, and whatever I have is yours to use, I won’t be upset when you show up. But, if someone else tells you that and you waltz right in, don’t be alarmed if I get upset.
If Goldilocks had spoken to the bears ahead of time, maybe she wouldn’t have had to ruin every bear’s helping of porridge before she found the one she liked. If they were in a relationship ahead of time they could have had the porridge just right before she got there. They could have told her the little chair won’t hold you up and if you need a nap the baby’s bed will probably be the most comfortable.
But, as the story goes, they were strangers to one another; and when the bears and Goldilocks finally met it led to Goldilocks fleeing in fear and never returning. Not a very happy ending.
Jesus is the high priest over the house of God. If Jesus says you can come in and eat with him, you are welcome anytime. You can come to him and like a good shepherd, he will feed you. You can abide with him and sit with him and share in all that he has. If you are weary, Jesus will give you rest.
But, try to come into his house at another person’s say so or under your own authority and you will be in worse shape than Goldilocks. Try to take what he would have gladly shared with you as a friend and you won’t have to flee. You will be cast out. You will hear him say, “Depart from me, I never knew you.” (Matthew 7: 23)
You will never hear Grace say, “Depart from me, you didn’t know Me well enough.” Why? We can never know the Lord unless He reveals himself to us but we can be known of God. We can turn to God in repentance and trust him. We can love him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength because he loved us first and gave himself for us.
Answer the call of Jesus upon your life. He is the way, the truth, the life – no one makes progress to the Father or gets to stay in God’s house except by Him. (John 14: 6)