Access All Areas!

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “access.”

When I was about 15, my school band was invited to play at a special concert with bands from other schools in the area. It took place in a proper, professional concert hall, so we were excited to play there.

As we arrived on the day of the concert, each of us was given a pass with the magic words “Performer: Access All Areas.”

After some rehearsals, we had a break for lunch, so my friend and I decided to make the most of our passes. We wanted to see what a real concert hall was like, and they entitled us to go anywhere, so we decided to explore it all: frontstage, backstage, everywhere we could find. It was a lot of fun!

I doubt they meant us to take the all-area access quite so literally, but we did our best to see it all, and we had a great time.

I remember returning after the lunch break to find that several of the others had sat in one room eating lunch the whole time.

Like us, they had the permission to access all areas, but they weren’t interested, and we felt that they had really missed out!

Through Jesus, we have an even better pass to “Access All Areas.”

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:19-22 NLT)

We have the pass, but we have to decide whether we are going to use it.

Are we going to stay where we are, or are we going to make the most of it and go deeper in exploring who God is and all he has to offer?


15 thoughts on “Access All Areas!

  1. When I pass through the Pearly Gates,
    I will be, in a way, conflicted,
    ‘cos me and all of my best mates
    are surely gonna be restricted
    to the places where our betters
    will not deign nor dare to go,
    for it is written, in bold letters,
    “This place is for the odd drongo
    who slipped in when Pete’s back was turned,
    felt pulled down upon his nose,
    to claim eternal place unearned,
    and though he wants to strike a pose
    of civility and right,
    this pub is his in which to fight.”

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  2. What a great analogy, Lesley! In high school, I would have sat in the same room to eat my lunch, but now, I would totally run around and explore!

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  3. It’s amazing that we do have total access, yet we often sit in the same room (or worse, the same room in the basement) of all that God wants to show us. Thanks for this encouragement to be curious and enjoy more of what Love has to offer!

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