It was a Sunday morning, and we were listening to the message that was being preached … well I was only half listening. The other half of my attention was drawn to my niece and nephew, Yamika and Takondwa. Now before you judge me, you need to know where I’m coming from. Yamika and Takondwa are extremely active babies. They sit in one place for very short (and I mean really short) periods of time. The two have enough energy on their own, but put the two together, and that energy seems to multiply. So if you don’t keep an eye on them from time to time, you might miss out on some of their antics and react only when things have escalated.
That said, I was watching the two of them. Their fathers were sitting a couple of benches away from us. Now Kachandi (Takondwa’s father) turned and motioned for Takondwa to go to him. Would you believe that the baby just rushed gleefully to his father? He didn’t hesitate or look around … he just bulldozed his way to Kachandi and into his arms. Penza (Yamika’s father) also motioned for Yamika to go to him. She however, first looked at her mother, and then she looked at me, then back at her father. Then she did the cutest thing—she had just been eating cheese curls, so she tried to clean her hands on the pretty white dress she was wearing. Finally, when she was all cleaned up, she walked up to her father.
I learned two things that day. One is that God wants us to be in His presence and He wants to have fellowship with us all the time. Hebrews 4:16 says “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” So because of what Jesus did on the cross, we can boldly go into God’s presence. Like Takondwa, we don’t need to hesitate or look around. All we have to do is go straight into His arms of grace, regardless of what we’ve done or where we’ve been. God is always waiting for us with open arms, ready to take us in. Just bulldoze you way to God. Like any earthly father will hug his child who has been rolling around in the mud, so God will hug us no matter what mud we’ve been rolling in.
On the other hand, I know that God is holy and he commands holiness from us. Yeah we’re not perfect … I mean give me a few minutes and I’ll sin; say something stupid, or burst out in anger. Psalm 24:3-4 says “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His holy place? He that hath clean hands and a pure heart.” So in as much as I can go boldly before God, because He is holy, I also need to make sure that I deal with the sin that is in my life. I need to humbly come before Him, confess my sins, repent, and ask for forgiveness. I need to also ask for the blood of Jesus to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Then, like Yamika, when all the crumbs have been dusted off my hands, my face, and my clothes, I can confidently go before the throne of a Holy God.