The Third Sunday of Lent – Inclusivity

Peter fairly exploded with his good news: “It’s God’s own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from—if you want God and are ready to do as He says, the door is open. – Acts 10:34

A light in the window, an open door, an extended hand welcoming us in – nothing beats the feeling of inclusion. It is often our own feelings of inferiority or memories of mistakes that keep us from accepting our place on the inside.

If we can get past the illusion of our own prison, we’ll see that God is waiting for us in the open doorway. If we will let Him lead, He will take us places we could never reach on our own. If we will take Him at His Word, He will open the floodgates of blessings reserved for all those who have joined His “inner circle.” It is big enough to include us all, so get excited – wherever you’ve come from, what lies ahead brings the privileges of membership.

Prayer Starter Because of You, I belong to Your family. Thank you for loving me as I am with Your unconditional love.

Delve Deeper – Reach out. If you feel on the “outside”, leap beyond your cozy, though likely lonely, cocoon to touch the life of another. Visit a church, join a book club, take a class in your community, volunteer at at nonprofit where you will meet others who share your interests. God did not intend for us to be alone. Conversely, if you are the leader of the pack, social butterfly or life of the party, reach out to someone who is not, someone who is hiding in plain site or circling around the edges of your circles. Invite someone to church or to coffee. Look for someone who needs your touch, kind word, or empathetic ear. If you seek, God will bring them to you. Be ready to include them in your world.

  • Sue Breland, Worship for One ©
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