October 8, Saturday

christineliEditor’s Note: The AMI QT devotionals for October 8-9 are provided by Christine Li.  Christine graduated from University of Pennsylvania and currently lives and works in New York City.  She attends Remnant Church in Manhattan.

Devotional Thought for Today

Hebrews 10:19-22[1]

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 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, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”

808Have you ever noticed a difference in behavior between first-time guests and frequent visitors to your home? In my own experience, I’ve seen a marked difference in my own behavior over the years of visiting an older sister. I went from politely asking to sit on her sofa the first time to, years later, sprawling over her living room, helping myself to what’s in her pantry, and occasionally even showing up late at night to stay over. By making her home my own many times, I clearly demonstrate how secure and assured I’ve become of our close relationship (and also, that she is very patient with me).

Before Christ, worship in the temple was also similarly formal and distant. Even if the people could approach the temple, there were still rules, formalities, and restrictions governing how to approach God – only once a year could the High Priest make his way into the presence of Almighty God (Hebrews 9). But now, on the basis of Christ’s sacrifice, the author of Hebrews paints a new picture of bold advances. What was once impossible for common man – directly going into the inner chamber where a holy God dwelt – has become a privilege for each person.

How many of us truly make ourselves at home in God’s presence? When we approach Him, are we fearful that we have no right to be there, or do we believe that we are eagerly welcomed there? Because of Christ, God the Father has no more requirements on any ‘holiness’ or ‘time’ you must satisfy to meet Him. We can now enter His presence in whatever condition, at whatever time, without restriction and without inhibition!  And this is the spiritual reality that “many prophets (in the Old Testament) . . . longed to see . . . but did not see it, and to hear . . . but did not hear it” (Matt. 13:17).

Today, let’s give thanks again for His sacrifice that allows us to draw near, and let us not waste the privilege of beholding Him for ourselves. Let’s go into the Father’s courts confidently as His children, knowing that we are welcomed to rightfully dwell in his presence!

Prayer: Father, thank You for making the way for us to draw close to You. Thank You for not being distant but for destroying the barrier that was between us. Thank You for welcoming us into Your presence. Teach us to boldly approach You as Your beloved children.

[1] We are taking a break from the study of John (October 8-9).

Bible Reading for Today: 2 Corinthians 12-13

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