In Ezekiel 44, there are more regulations given as to who can or cannot enter the temple of God. As I mentioned in my post a few days ago, nothing that is impure can enter into God's presence. Here, in vs 11-14, God explains to Ezekiel why the Levites (with the exception of the sons of Zadok) would be limited to certain types of temple ministry. They were not allowed to serve in the inner court or temple because of their past behavior.
Fortunately, God does offer us forgiveness, if we confess our sins, so that we can get back into His "inner courts". (Note: If you are not a child of God, then you have some other issues. Click here). Who do you let into your "inner circle"? I thought about this - who I call my friends - and thought about who God would call His friend. God didn't just call anyone His friend, but only those who did what he commanded them to do. As Jesus says in John 15:14-15 (NJKV):
You are my friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father have I made known to you.
I am thankful that I can be a friend of the Creator of the universe. That is too humbling. However, I wonder how many times I'm not considered His friend by my behavior. Am I always doing what He commands? Always?