Last week I took a friend of mine to the bank so he could cash a cheque… for the first time in 23 years. He was so anxious on the way there in the van asking questions like, “Are you sure I can use my bank card at that branch?” “Wouldn’t it be safer just to go to the cheque cashing place?”. I ensured him he could use his bank card here in town and it would save him money to use his account rather than pay a percentage off the top. I didn’t understand why he was so nervous.
I’ll never forget the picture of him holding onto his brand spanking new bank card, taking a deep breath, getting out of the van and walking into the bank while his girlfriend and I sat waiting in the van. It was the coolest thing to see him come out about 10 minutes later, get in the van, close the door and collapse into the bucket seat with a wave of relief washing over him.
He asked, “What’s 41-18?” after a quick calculation I said, “23”. Then he said, “It’s been 23 years since I’ve been able to cash a cheque and withdraw money from a bank account”. His life story is a doozie and as a result of some poor choices he had been with out ID since the age of 18. God has since been working miracles in his life and as part of this new chapter he acquired the proper identification to secure full time employment, allowing him and requiring him to get a bank account.
The confidence it supplied him that day actually changed his countenance and inspired him to continue to live in a way that allows him to make use of these privileges that you and I often take for granted.
After I dropped him off my mind went to this verse; “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Eph. 1:3
Imagine God’s throne room as the bank and having the privilege to enter confidently and make a withdraw on the spiritual blessings our heavenly Father has deposited into our account through the work Christ accomplished.
It’s crazy to think that according to Hebrew 4:16 we are encouraged to “…approach God’s throne of grace with confidence…”
BUT the only way we can and will do that is if we have the right ID. That’s why the verses following Ephesians 1:3 are so important;
“For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.” Eph. 1:4,5
If I know and believe that I am a child of God than I have full access to all He is and has. In fact when we believe the Father gives us His Spirit as an initial deposit guaranteeing our inheritance;
“When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s own possession – to the praise of His glory.” Eph. 1:13,14
It’s those times when I doubt God’s love and question my identification in Christ that I become anxious about entering into His throne room. I will simply avoid it altogether and become more willing to pay the high price to cash in on what I need.
BUT, when I allow the Spirit to further convince me that my account is secure and the deposit is HUGE, the peace that surpasses all understanding washes over my heart and mind freeing me up from fear and anxiety.
Need to go to the bank today? Check your ID and enter His throne room confidently.