"Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water." Hebrews 10:19-22
A few years ago our family was vacationing in the island of Belitung, Indonesia. As the tour guide was driving us around I noticed that many of the houses shared an architectural feature: they had a front main entrance, nice and formal, and then to the side of the house, set back some distance but also facing the front a smaller, more humble-looking door. I asked the guide what the purpose was of this arrangement.
He said "the main door is where you might receive an acquaintance or perhaps someone important. If you came through this door, you would wait until you were invited in and most likely you would be entertained in the formal living room. The other door is for family and close friends who are free to enter any time they wish, invited or not. Past this door you find the kitchen and the family dining area. Friends and family gather here for intimate, heart-to-heart conversations late into the night."
I felt then the Lord saying "you know, you are free to come into My house through the side door, any time you wish". It made me think about how I approach God, and how accessible I think He is. I may be tempted some times to feel that there are some things necessary before I come to Him. Maybe I am not dressed properly (not having done the right things) or feel that I have not been invited. After coming in I may worry about what is proper (after all He is King over all) and not be sure about what I can talk about. But what if it is true, as God has adopted us into his family and called us friends, that we really have the freedom to enter in and He will receive us not matter what ("and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out") to have those intimate conversations about what is really on our hearts?