There are those who are 'insiders' on Wall Street. They have the information, they know the game, the rules. They know the people and are at home in that environment. I know nothing about Wall Street or stock except it goes up and down.

There are people who are 'insiders' in government. Perhaps a friend of the president, although I wonder if you have any when you become president. Certainly those who have access to the president would be considered an 'insider'. If I tried to saunter into the oval office I have no doubt my audience would be the interior of a local jail cell and not the president. However, there are those who go in and out freely, they talk and joke with the president, know him very well and have access to him. 'Insiders'.

There is probably a certain amount of pride that goes along with being an insider and well deserved. Sometimes we stand in awe of insiders because they have access we don't have, knowledge we do not know. Perhaps we are even a bit jealous. What would it be like to stroll into the office of the president of the United States (past all the guards), flop down in a chair and have him or her stop what they are doing and say, "Hey, how are you today?” Would you feel just a little bit important and special?

Guess what? You have exactly that kind of access to the highest office in the Universe! There is none higher in all creation! Just by being, as the Bible puts it, 'born again' you have the right and the access to go strolling into God's main office at any time of day or night, in any condition. God is never too busy with another meeting or holding all of creation together. There is no cooling off in a waiting room. God is never out, much less out to lunch. There will never be a sign on the door, "GONE FISHING,” although it is one of His favorite activities. Do you have any idea what it means when I say you are an insider? You belong to an elite group of people! But wait, there is more.

Have you ever tried to make sense out of a contract or legal paper? I just bought a new car. When I was reading through the contract (they say you should always do that) I thought to myself, "Why don't they just write this in plain English?” I needed a translator just to figure out exactly what I was signing much less what it meant. It seemed to me to be in some code like a top secret document. How would you like to have access to top secret documents? You got it. It's called the Bible.

"Now wait just a minute," you say. "Everybody has access to the Bible.” (Please don't write and tell me how many people in the world today have never seen a Bible, I'm trying to make a point) OK, well, almost everybody has a Bible. All right, 'a lot' of people. But how many people 'understand' the Bible? What good is it to have access to top secret documents if you don't understand what they say?

The disciples asked Jesus, "Why do you teach (the people) in parables?” Jesus told them, "...Because you get to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but they do not...” The disciples had Jesus right there to explain everything to them. So do you. You have the Holy Spirit to instruct you and teach you. That doesn't mean you don't have to do your part and get in there and read it. But when you do read it, God lets you know what He is saying.

Now don't misunderstand, there is a lot of wisdom in the Bible anyone can pick up on. What we have special access to are the secrets. We are insiders.

My daughter comes leaping into my lap like a rocket shell. Feeling I have been hit by a mortar I wrap my arms around her tight -- but not enough to hurt her. When she gets a cut I bandage her up. If she's been emotionally hurt I listen and understand and mourn with her. We take walks and talk of issues such as, "Do worms go to heaven when they die?” I am concerned with her thoughts and feelings, her wellbeing. You see, she is an insider. I am her father and I bless her. Not many people can walk up to the president and call him "Father".

I think you know what I mean.

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