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2 Chronicles 29:3
In the first month of the first year of his reign, he opened the doors of the temple of the Lord and repaired them.
Hezekiah was the son of King Ahaz. Ahaz was a wicked man. He took the furnishings out of the temple of the Lord and cut them to pieces. He then built altars on every street corner in Jerusalem to worship other gods. When he died, his 25-year-old son’s first order of business was to open the doors to the temple and repair them.
In the entrance to Trinity Church here in Miami, Florida, there is a HUGE sign that says, “Come As You Are.” Church buildings are often seen by the public as imposing places. Sometimes I think folks see them as places that are impenetrable. But Hezekiah, though young, had a completely different idea. It was his thought that people needed God. They needed a place to worship Him corporately. I wonder how long he must have wanted to say to his own father, “Just Open Up The Doors”? The house of the Lord must be a place for all people. No certain look is needed. No certain apparel is needed. No certain race, creed, or color is needed. No doctrinal demands are needed. No behavior is needed. Come as you are, Jesus will take it from there. “Just Open Up The Doors!”
I thank You that I was raised by parents and church leaders who always lived with an “Open Door Policy” when it came to church. Help me continue with a “Come As You Are Policy” as long as I live. Amen