Sidewalk closed. Access denied. According to the sign, anyone wanting to journey down this path is strictly forbidden.I don’t care for those types of signs. You know…the ones that say I can’t do something. The ones that say I am not allowed in or through. The ones that say my permission to a certain area is not granted.
Yes, I understand the purpose of the signs. They are alerting us to the potential danger up ahead. They generally serve as protection for us, but not always. Sometimes “access denied” signs are displayed simply because someone doesn’t want to fully disclose what’s behind closed doors.
Truth be told, we unknowingly carry similar signs. When a close friend begins to ask probing questions, the ones that hit a little too close to home, our “signs” begin flashing. “Access denied!” We sometimes guard our heart and mind, or at least parts of them, under lock and key. Why? Because we have ugly stuff to hide. We have messes inside us that we’d rather not give anyone access to.
But, what about God? Do we allow Him access to the deepest parts of us—even the deep, ugly parts of us? When God begins to press upon us in a probing way, do we suddenly flash our “Access Denied” sign? Unfortunately, and all too often, we do. We treat God as any other person in our lives that gets a little too close for comfort.
The truth is, He already knows all about our messes. And the beautiful thing is He wants to walk us through the ugly, muddled, complicated, cluttered, and painful scrap heaps of our heart. And the amazing thing is He loves us in spite of the ugly.
You see, as we begin to grant God access to the not-so-pleasant parts of us, He begins loosen the chains that bind us there. He begins to set us free of the sin that has so enslaved us. He begins to transform us from the inside out. He begins to wash, purify, and cleanse the dark, dingy corners of our heart and mind.
He may have to do a little scraping. He may have to scour and scrub. And yes, it might even be a little painful, but in the words of Job who was scoured immensely, “…when He has tested me, I will emerge as pure gold” (Job 23:10).
What areas are you “hiding” from God?
What parts of your heart do you need to grant God access to?
What are some of the sinful, cluttered, ugly parts of you that need to be scoured?
The God of the Universe, who created you and is absolutely crazy about you, is waiting with open arms for you to say, “Access granted!”