Thursday - February 10th
Scripture to Read Today: Ephesians 2:11-22
He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
The 1990s sitcom "Frasier" spun off the 1980s show "Cheers." I thought "Frasier" was much funnier than "Cheers." The title character moves back to his hometown of Seattle, becomes the host of a radio show on which he gives psychological advice to callers, and reconnects with his father and brother. Frasier and his brother, Niles, go through some hilarious situations (thus the sitcom).
One of my favorite episodes of "Frasier" is an episode titled "Door Jam." The brothers get into an exclusive day spa and feel like kings, declaring the spa to be the best experience ever. They can say nothing negative about it at all. It was the best experience ever. That is until they discover there is a gold door in the spa through which exclusive clients go for the more luxurious "gold spa treatment."
Once they find out there might be something better offered to exclusive members, the brothers become utterly dissatisfied with their treatment and must get access to the gold level. Once they get into the gold level and enjoy the special treatment there, Frasier and Niles discover a platinum door. Again, they become dissatisfied with the spa treatment they just received and celebrated. They must get through the platinum door and gain access to what had to be the ultimate spa level on the other side.
When they sneak through the platinum door, they find themselves in a nasty alley, the door locked behind them, and shut out of the spa completely. They could not be satisfied. There was always something better. Having access to an exclusive spa could not satisfy them. They needed more - more and better access.
Similarly, in our spiritual lives as followers of Christ, it is easy for us to forget the full access we have to our God, His grace, and His power. We think there is something more. We believe we must be missing out on something. Yet, the Scriptures teach that when we have access to God, we have all the access we could ever need or want. There is no gold or platinum door. Through Jesus, we are given all the blessings our God has to offer us - including full, unlimited access.
In Ephesians 2:17-18, the Apostle Paul emphasizes that in Christ, we are one. Because of what Jesus did on the cross, we are one in Christ no matter our background. Before salvation in Jesus, we were cut off from God in our sin. We had no access to Him. Jesus gave us access to the God of the universe, and it is His Spirit that facilitates that access for us. "For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit" (Ephesians 2:18).
There is no gold or platinum door with God. Our access comes through the one door to God - Jesus!
In Christ, we have full access to God. What better access could we have in all the universe!