Heavenly access

Joe and Rachel Clarke

The other day, I phoned the president of Portugal.

Sadly they wouldn’t put me through. I was told that in order to speak with him, I either needed to be someone important or to have made an appointment months ago, having gone through a rigorous security check and having had the purpose of the meeting analysed and approved by his staff or him.

Well, it sounded like far too much hard work, so I gave up.

And yet, as I was reading Matthew 6 a few weeks ago, I was struck by the amazing privilege we have as Christians. Jesus says, ‘Pray then like this: our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…’ (Matthew 6:9). We can speak directly to someone far more important, far more powerful, and far better than President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

If we have repented of our sins and are now trusting in Jesus, then having been reconciled to God through his death for us on the cross, we have access to the almighty God, the Creator of heaven and earth.

Now it’s easy to lose sight of how staggering that is.

Even when we remember the sheer size of the universe – with its estimated two trillion galaxies, 200 billion trillion stars, and a diameter of about 93 billion light years – we only begin to understand a little of God’s greatness, infiniteness, beauty and majesty.

What is even more astonishing is that according to the Bible, we are able to come before this omnipotent God not as distant subjects or even as loyal servants, but as his adopted children. We are in an intimate relationship with our Father and we now have privileged access to him.

No security checks, no delays, no need to be someone important.

He is our Father in heaven and we are his children.

Friends, let that fill our hearts with wonder and joy. Let that fill our mouths as we sing ‘How Great Thou Art’ at the top of our voices. And let us fall on our knees in humble worship.

For the transcendent God, the Creator of heaven and earth, the Lord over all, is our Father.

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Joe Clarke

Joe and Rachel Clarke work with the Grupo Bíblico Universitário (GBU) – the Portuguese student Christian movement. They seek to evangelise and disciple university students and equip them for future Christian ministry.