February 10, 2016
"I Am the Door"
You can no longer enter our capitol building through the massive, beautiful main entrances on the North and South sides of the building. There was a major change at the West Virginia capitol this year as security was tightened to allow access to the public through only two doors at the East and West Wings. Without a key card you must now pass through security and a metal detector and have belongings x-rayed before you can enter the statehouse. As you proceed into the building and seek to visit various offices, you notice that the security increases based on the “importance” of the leaders. You can walk right in to most House of Delegates’ offices. Senate offices, a bit more difficult as you must go through staff. Security is a great deal tighter with the Supreme Court. And you cannot just drop in to visit Governor Tomblin. When he is in his office, there is a state trooper or capitol police officer stationed at the door. Access is limited based on the rank of the official’s office. You must have an appointment to enter his presence.
This may help us understand the most important of questions, how do we as sinful people, enter into the presence of our holy, righteous God? Jesus gives us the answer to this question when He says, “I am the door”.
This is the topic of our capitol Bible study this week as we continue our series on Jesus' "I Am" statements in the Gospel of John. You can find this week's study, "I Am the Door" here.
We might consider it an honor and a privilege to have access to our earthly political leaders. Let us remember with what a privilege we are blessed to have access to our Holy God through Christ!
...Let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
- Pray that many of our leaders might enter through the door to eternal life through faith in Christ.
- Pray that believers serving in the statehouse might experience the abundant life Christ provides even in the challenging days of the legislative session.
- Pray for our ongoing ministry as we continue to distribute Bible study notes and seek to minister to the elected officials, legislators, lobbyists, and staff during the remaining weeks of the session.
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