It’s a rare day for any of us that our access is not restricted in some way. Signs warn us: Employees Only, Do Not Enter, Authorized Vehicles Only, No Trespassing. None of us want to be told that we are not welcome. But the fact is that there will always be some places from which we will be barred. It makes me grateful that God sets no restriction on who may come to Him.

Whether we realize it or not, if we don’t know Jesus, we do not have access to the only thing that brings us ultimate hope or peace: the God who made us. But through Jesus we have full access to God—both those of us who are brand-new believers and those of us who are lifelong Christians. “And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; for through Him we both have access in One Spirit to the Father.” (Eph. 2:17-18)

Those who come to God encounter no “Keep Out” signs. Through prayer, God the Father allows us immediate and unlimited access to Him because His Son Jesus Christ has opened the way to all who receive Him (Eph. 2:18). “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28) He promises if we come, He will not cast us out (John 6:37).  And He promises if we thirst, He will give us His living water (John 7:37). Once you come to Christ for salvation, you can enjoy unrestricted fellowship. The door is always open.