Read and be comforted, all who are tired and burdened. Our God gives rest…
But I want to ask myself, am I really seeking the way into the presence of God by the Blood or by something else? What do I mean when I say, “by the Blood”? I mean simply that I recognize my sins, that I confess that I have need of cleansing and of atonement, and that I have come to God on the basis of the finished work of the Lord Jesus.
I approach God through his merit alone, and never on the basis of my attainment; never, for example on the ground that I have been extra kind or patient today, or that I have done something for the Lord this morning. I have to come by way of the Blood every time.
The temptation to so many of us when we try to approach God is to think that because God has been dealing with us–because he has been taking steps to bring us into something more of himself and has been teaching us deeper lessons of the Cross–he has thereby set before us new standards, and that only by attaining to these can we have a clear conscience before him. No! A clear conscience is never based upon our attainment; it can only be based on the work of the Lord Jesus in the shedding of his Blood.
I may be mistaken, but I feel very strongly that some of us are thinking in such terms as these: “Today I have been a little more careful; today I have been doing a little better; this morning I have been reading the Word of God in a warmer way, so today I can pray better”! Or again, “Today I have had a little difficulty with the family; I began the day feeling very gloomy and depressed; I am not feeling too bright now; it seems there must be something wrong; therefore the way is not clear for me to approach God.
What, after all, is your basis of approach to God? Do you come to him on the uncertain ground of your feeling, the feeling that you may have achieved something for God today? Or is your approach based on something far more secure, namely, the fact that the Blood has been shed, and that God looks on the Blood and is satisfied?
…Whatever be your measure of attainment today or yesterday or the day before, as soon as you make a conscious move into the Most Holy Place, immediately you have to take your stand upon the safes and only ground of the shed Blood. Whether you have had a good day or a bad day, whether you have consciously sinned or not, your basis of approach is always the same–the Blood of Christ. God’s acceptance of that Blood is the ground upon which you may enter, and there is no other.”
Watchman Nee, The Normal Christian Life. 1957.