I have a fear of authority figures. Or maybe I should say had. I worried that my comments and questions would seem stupid or unimportant. I dreaded that glare of disgust or impatience I might get. My fragile self-esteem couldn’t take it.
Even after becoming a Christian, I hated to approach my pastor when we lived in Texas. He had much better things to do than talk to me. (In my opinion, not his.) If you think I’m exaggerating my feelings, I’m not. But praise God, things changed when the Lord made a few adjustments to my thinking.
First, He impressed upon me who I am and what He thinks about me. I’m justified and declared “not guilty” of sin. I’m not condemned. I’ve been sanctified and made acceptable in Jesus Christ. I am a new creation. I’m blessed with every spiritual blessing. I am even God’s work of art and much more. In case you want to know how I know, take a look at Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, and 2 Timothy in the New Testament.
Now that I realize I’d believed a lie about myself, that I was insignificant, God has shown me the truth and took me a step further. We always have an open invitation to approach the throne of God. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Wow, I don’t have to feel intimidated by asking for an audience with the Maker of the Universe.
“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6: 26
Dear Lord, I thank You that You loved me enough to die for me on a cruel Roman cross so that I might enter the Kingdom of God. Allow me to continually remember my worth in Your sight, not because of what I did, but because of who You are and who You’ve declared me to be. In Jesus name, Amen.