Come Near with No Fear

A devotion on Ephesians 3:12

In him we have boldness and access in confidence through our faith in him.
–Ephesians 3:12

I’ve had the experience of walking boldly past an array of watchful guards without being stopped.

More surprisingly, others to my left and right did not have the privilege. Was I someone special? No.

Yet I had confidence with each brisk step I took toward the checkpoint, even though one person after another near me was getting stopped, interrogated, and sometimes turned away. The difference? I had a job-issued key pass. No other factor mattered for securing access.

Acceptance or rejection was not based on height, weight, age, attractiveness, or education. Neither social standing, acquaintanceship, affluence, or nationality mattered. Only one thing was of consequence — an unseen electronic key pass tucked in my purse, yet detectable at the security checkpoint.

Once I cleared security, reached the elevator banks, arrived at my desk, and interacted with coworkers, one thing was common between us all. Every associate must have had a key pass as well since it was the only means to gain entry.

Today’s verse can be viewed as likening faith in Christ to the key pass at my job. Without Him, there is no sufficient clearance. But a relationship with Him tucked in my heart, acknowledged by His Spirit to my spirit, gives me boldness, access, and confidence.

Nothing else matters.


Heavenly Lord, What an awesome honor it is that You have offered me bold access with confidence to You through Jesus Christ. Yes, Lord, I accept Your invitation. In Jesus’ precious name I pray, Amen.


How do I plan to daily practice access without fear? How do I exercise boldness in my relationship with God?