When I think of values, accessibility is a real-time response to the Spirit of God. I think about the number of times I am reminded to call someone or my wife reminds me to call some one and I choose not to. I am not in a place or in a frame of mind to be of use to someone. Meaning that I do not want to stop making it about me and make it about someone else. That self-absorption is a sticky thing that does not want to let go of me. So this value real gets to my self nature and motives.
When I think about John 1:14 “and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”, I think about utterly accessible Jesus made himself to us. Jesus, the co-creator of all things, left the kingdom of heaven to save us. To interact with us personally and freely give the gift of salvation. Our response is to repent and believe. If god lavished this kind of mercy and grace upon us, we MUST share that grace and freely give it to whomever God puts before us.
There are two kinds of accessibility that I want to address. One is spontaneous and where you can feel the Holy Spirit urge you onto to an action. That is the time we just need to boldly take a step. Then stand in the GAP as the closest lover of Jesus to the scene as it were.
The other is one of intentions and time management. We all have extremely busy lives working and living in our culture. I have certain gifts and experiences that are unique to me that God can leverage to help others. Not that I am awesome, but merely accessible. i am but one tool that Jesus can use in people’s lives. So with purpose I need to grasp, that others need me. If not me and left to their own devices, the may take the path of least resistance. if not me, perhaps someone else who is extremely accessible but perhaps not a healthy option.
in that we are busy, we need to carve out time on a regular basis with core friends and family members. Commit to invest in them more than you are investing in them today.
Think about what God commanded in Deuteronomy 6: 4-9.
“Hear, O Israel: dThe Lord our God, the Lord is one.2 5 You eshall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And fthese words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 gYou shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 hYou shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 iYou shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
This gives us an idea of the level of investment that is necessary in raising children to the glory of the Lord. Be free to give away knowledge, mercy, and your time. To do this effectively we must be filled to the brim with the Spirit of the Living Lord. That only happens by walking with him daily, both in His Word and in fellowship through prayer. When your cup overfill share it with others.
When investing in core friends, it is important to know your strengths and experiences that can be of value to someone else. In the similar manner it is important for you to know your weaknesses and be able to freely share with your close friends so that you can be encouraged.
For family, friends and community pursue big and lofty goals. Without goals, your time can be less effective. if you are on the same page with family and friends, then everybody understands the purpose of the time and you can be much more effective in achieving those goals.
Finally, Salvation is accessible to everybody. Part of our being accessible is to tell of the good news of this accessible God who had made salvation accessible.