Yesterday as I was driving to a client”s house I had my Sirius XM turned on to the Christian music station The Message. I was listening to a song when suddenly I heard the words “Now I’m just a beggar in the presence of the King.” I opened my mouth and said quite loudly “NO I’M NOT!” I certainly mean no disrespect but as a Christian I am not a beggar and neither are you. I understand that not all Christians have a revelation of what happened when Jesus said “It is finished!” A lot of churches do not teach the finished work of Christ. They still communicate our great unworthiness to approach God. However, that is contrary to scripture.
Ephesians 3:12 says, “Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” He took down the dividing wall that separated us when he died on the Cross. Then when we accepted Christ as our savior our positional relationship changed. We went from being alienated from God and we became his child. We are no longer slaves but friends. “I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me”. John 15:15. A beggar is not brought into the loop of being a close friend who is told all the family business but we are as children of God. “And since we are his children, we are his heirs.” Romans 8:17.
You and I don’t crawl to the throne of God with an attitude of shame and unworthiness once we are redeemed. We come with confidence as his children. “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most”. Heb. 4:16. Our relationship with our heavenly Father is one of love and trust. We don’t hang down our heads when we approach our Daddy God like a beggar would but we come to him like a child to a loving, giving daddy. Yes, the attitude of our heart is humility when we approach but we come with confidence because of what He has done for us. “But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.” Gal. 4:4-7.
I want you to understand we are not arrogant and proud because we did not do anything to deserve the gift of grace provided to us through Christ. But when we declared our need for a savior and asked Jesus to be our Lord we changed addresses. We were slaves whose freedom was purchased by the blood of Jesus and we became his kids. There is a song by Bethel Music called No Longer Slaves. One of the verses says “I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God.” Yes, that is what we are! We have all the benefits our Heavenly Father has given to us through the sacrifice of his Son Jesus. We are loved, we are free, we have the key to the throne room and we can come with a humble heart but with a spirit of confidence knowing we are not beggars in the presence of our King!
Living by the brook,