Lately, I discovered a tactic deployed by my children. Anytime they need something from me, the elder one would motion the younger to ask me. She feels I’d not reject her younger sister’s request. But I caught her that day as she signaled her to ask me. I simply told her; “Why can’t you ask by yourself?” I was teaching her to come boldly.

Friend, God says to tell you to come boldly (Hebrews 4:16).Like my daughters, never think that God is favorably disposed to another person more than you. The truth is, you are as close to God as you want to be. God does not have any favorite child; each of us can decide to be God’s favorite (Acts 10:34). We can all choose to come boldly.

Coming boldly is not the same as coming without honor and respect. It is actually coming with understanding that God is your Father. He has your best interest at heart. He wants you to come to Him more than you want to come to Him (Luke 15:20). The fear of God as taught in scriptures is not dread; it is honor and respect (1 John 4:18).

John nicknamed himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved (John 13:23). Jesus never treated him specially or differently; He actually loved all of them equally. But John chose to be the beloved. He saw himself as Jesus’s favorite. He could lean freely on Jesus’s bossom.He would not graduate beyond being God’s dearly beloved. What about you?

For some people, the time that they most enjoyed God’s fatherhood was when they were young converts. As people grow, they seem to lose the sense of the fatherhood of God. Listen, God does not have grandchildren. That they call you, “Daddy” does not mean that God is not your Daddy. That people are depending on you must never make you independent of God.

Don’t let your growth or leadership status hinder you from enjoying God’s best (Matthew 7:11). Actually, the more you grow in the things of God, the more dependent on Him you should be. Coming boldly would mean that you would be unashamed and unafraid to ask even for basic things (Psalms 2:7-8).

Demola Awoyele

Lead Pastor,

Destiny Impact Church

Akure, Nigeria