The Age of Access

sp7151.jpg Although you may find this difficult to believe, more than half of the human race has never made one phone call.  I wonder how many phone calls you and I have made just this past week.  The reality is that we live in what Jeremy Rifkin calls, The Age of Access.  Access is an important word in our culture today.  Almost everyone has it.  We have internet access.  We have access through our cell phones.  And with that comes immediate access to friends, family, and strangers all over the world.  Not only that we have 24 hour access to Wal-Mart, 24 hour access to the bank, 24 hour access to the show 24 … my wife and I have rented the DVD’s!  We have 24 hour access to just about everything.   

We live in the age of access.  We have access to so many things.  And because of this we live in an immediate, DSL speed, fast-paced give me what I want when I want society.  This is all fine and dandy.  In fact there are many blessings that come with this quick kind of access.  But the trouble is we expect this same kind of access to God.  We just expect it.  We take it for granted.  It’s as if drawing near to a holy God and having him hear our prayers is not a big deal.  But you know what, it is a big deal.

God is holy and we are sinful.  Our sin has separated us from God.   Isa. 59:2 says, "but your iniquities have made a separation between you and God, your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear."  So God’s holiness and our sinfulness poses a huge problem.  How can sinful man draw near to a holy God and expect to be heard? 

Hebrews 10:19-22 says, "Therefore brothers since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith ..."

From these verses we see that God did two amazing things.  First, he gave us access to Him through Christ.  And second, he gave us acceptance with Him in Christ.  On the cross God paid the price to give us access through Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the one and final sacrifice for sins and he lives to intercede for us.  This new and living way was opened for us through his body being torn in two on the cross - as was the curtain of the temple torn in two to signify that there are now no barriers between us and God.  

Not only has God given us open access through Christ, He's also given us open arms in Christ.  If we are his children, no matter what kind of day we are having, we are accepted in the beloved.  His arms are open ready to receive us.  It is not our great prayers, it is our great priest who sympathizes with us in our weaknesses and intercedes for us continuously at God's right hand.

Since these things are true (that we have access and acceptance in Christ) the writer exhorts us with one command -- DRAW NEAR!  Draw near to God.  Position your heart to come close to the Father because He is waiting with an open door and open arms to fellowship with you in prayer.  What a price God has paid that we can enter into His presence with joy and confidence.  May we never take it for granted.