Are You Boldly Approaching God’s Throne?
Are you boldly approaching the throne of grace? What’s your attitude like when you come before God in prayer?
This is something God has been convicting me of in the month of January. What a way to start the new year! In the midst of new year’s resolutions focused on my marriage growth, my body, my career, my future, my sexuality, and my walk with God, I’ve been getting a great big smack in the head from God – it’s about ME, not you.
My husband and I had an amazing discussion the other day about dying to self. In Luke 9:23, Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.” I’ve always looked at “the cross I have to bear” as something I’m doing, something I must bear, the burden I’m carrying, but this belief is untrue, unbiblical, and erroneous.
Jesus’ call is simple – deny yourself. Let Me live through you. Many look at the Christian life by what they have to give up or what they have to gain. This is a ungodly mentality. Jesus even warns against this in the very next verse – “whoever wants to save their life will lose it…” (vs. 24). The Christian life is not about gaining or losing. It’s about Christ alone. Deny yourself is a call to let go of the burden of doing it on your own and trying to be good enough. You are good enough because God is good.
Jesus’ burden is light – take up your cross is not about daily bearing your sin alone or the weight of living in a sin-centered world. Take up your cross is a call to accept the grace of God daily covering you and remembering your identity – redeemed.
Hebrews 4:14-16 gives us great hope, victory, and promise:
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a High Priest (an Intercessor) who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have One who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet He did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Look ahead with hope. Look ahead and claim victory. Look ahead and remember God’s promises.