Anyone and Everyone

Romans 10:12-13
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

There is a lot of exclusivity in our society today.  People want to feel part of something special, so they make up arbitrary qualifications and exclude and include who they will.  There are places an average person can’t go because they don’t make enough money or come from the right family.  There is still racism and exclusion based on nationality or gender.  In truth, there are a lot of places and a lot of ways for us to be left out.

Thankfully, Jesus was not about forming an exclusive club.  Yes, there is a condition to become part of God’s family, but anyone, regardless of who they are and where they’ve come from, can cry out to Jesus and accept His gift of salvation.  To Him, there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek.  One is not better than the other, nor one preferred above another.  If they will come, He will accept them.

Those who do accept Christ come from all walks of life.  They are of every social, racial, national, economical, and physical background possible.  God’s church is scattered around the entire Earth.  But all believers serve under the same Lord and Master.  He is big and powerful and able to receive all that would come to Him, though the number be in the billions.  There is not a limited number of openings, for God’s desire is for all to be saved.

Sometimes restraints are placed on us by something outside of ourselves.  But sometimes we place conditions on ourselves instead of accepting God’s grace freely.  Some may feel they’ve sinned too much for God to want them.  Some may have rejected God before in their lives and feel He wouldn’t want them now.  But everyone is included in “whosoever.”  Anyone with a longing for God in their heart can cry out to Him.

Sometimes in our lives, we may feel like our differences set us apart, whether in a good way or a bad way.  But it is an amazingly sweet thing for us to all be drawn together under the lordship of Christ and be part of His family one with another.  God is not biased, but nor does He play favorites.  All are invited to Him, and all receive the same forgiveness and pardon thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice of love.

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