Included…Accepted…Part of the Family!

Imagine trying to place a personal call to the President of our country.  They probably wouldn’t put your call through.  Or visualize going up to the White House gates, shaking them and ordering the guards to let you in.  They would probably put you in a little white van and make you wear a funny looking jacket as they haul you away.  But One who is greater than the President will accept you and make you a part of His family.  You can call upon the Lord anytime and He will answer.  You can go to His house and you’ll be invited in.  You’ll not be an outcast; He’ll make you a citizen!  You won’t be a stranger; you’ll be a member of His family!

Those thoughts came to mind today during my time of “coffee with the Lord” as I read Ephesians 2:11-22 in the Bible… Here’s a taste of what it says…

“Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders… In those days you were living apart from Christ… You lived in this world without God and without hope.  But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ… Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.  So now you are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family! … Through Him you are being made part of the dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.”  (From Ephesians 2:11–22 NLT)

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