Several years ago my wife and I decided to build our would be dream home ourselves. Our initial plan to simply supervise a general contractor went south in a hurry, and I found myself doing a lot of the labor myself. In the process, I got quite familiar with the gentlemen who contracted various tasks on the project. One of my favorite encounters during the building of our home was with Richard, the electrician. Richard is an older gentleman with adult children who were my age at the time, and would often ask my perspective on various subjects. We would talk for hours sometimes when we should have been working.
One day as Richard was installing the circuit breaker we began to talk about life and God. He shared a point of view that I had heard several times before. He began by saying, “I believe in God, I just don’t want to be fake and run to Him only when I’m in trouble”. I sat quietly listening to Richard tell me of his upbringing, and experiences with the church. He continued by saying, “One day I will get it together, but I just don’t want to play with God”. Some of you may be able to identify, because you have heard or even said those exact words.
As Richard continued splicing wires, I asked him a few questions. I said, “You’re a good dad, right”? ”Yes”, he replied. I continued, “Well, being a good father how would you feel, if your kids got into some trouble, and they refused to let you in on it”. You could actually see him play the scenario in his head, as his facial expression turned from a man deep in concentration, to sincere anger. He said, “I would be so upset”. I could tell he meant it too. ”Why?”, I pressed a bit more. “Because, that’s what Daddy’s do, I would give my last for my kids”.
Suddenly he got it. I didn’t have to say another word. You could literally see the wheels were turning now, and he responded, “Oh!” A huge smile came upon his face, as he said, “You’re pretty good”. My rebuttal, “Nope, God is.”
At that point Richard, gave me a look as if he wanted to hear more. I didn’t want to ruin this “Aha!”, moment but I felt there was a bit more truth that would drive the concept home. So I merely shared a “Shocking Truth” from God’s word. Jesus is intimate with what the temptation of sin feels like, and because of this He is our biggest advocate.
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
What about you? Do you feel like you have to get it together all by yourself, before you can approach God? Pray that He reveals the truth, that you are able to approach him with confidence, because of His grace.