Google+ 09/28/13 All Are Welcome in the Family of God!

Ephesians 2:19-21

So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners.

You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people.

You are members of God’s family.

Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets.

And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.

We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.

 

As we conclude our six-part devotion series entitled, "The Chief Cornerstone," we turn to Paul for our glorious conclusion.  Paul tells the Gentiles in Ephesus that they are no longer outcasts.  Because God's chosen people have rejected Him, God has made His offer of salvation, through Jesus Christ, to all people.  The potential "Family of God" has been offered to everyone.  We could stop right here and rejoice for days.  Consider the implications of this offer.  There is no one so evil that God cannot save them.  All men and women are created equal, in God's eyes, and are all loved and cherished by Him.  Anyone who is lost can be found!  So, why is everyone not a practicing, hard-working Christian?  Choices!  Many of us salivate when a retail store offers us a "Buy one, get one free" deal.  We rush to the store and get as many as we can.  Often we don't even need the item, but we can't resist the deal!!!  God has a deal for all of us.  His deal is "Buy one, get two free!"  Not only that, when you "run out," there are "unlimited refills!"  Accept Christ as God's Cornerstone and we get God and the Holy Spirit for a package of three.  Why Christ first?  Here comes the answer we all dreaded to hear when we were kids.  Our parents would often look at us when we said "why" and proclaim, "Because I Told You So!"  God said that the only way to Him was through His Son Jesus Christ.  Isn't that good enough for all of us?  Accept Christ as the Chief Cornerstone in your life and watch what God does.  First, all our sins are washed away and we are cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.  Second, we are indwelled by the Holy Spirit.  Free, Godly advice up close and personal, every day!    Finally, God is in control of our lives and He will provide for and protect us.  As I write this, I am compelled to tell you that I am so glad I accepted the Holy Trio!  While the three tenors are wonderful, they pale in the "songs" that the Triune God composes and sings in my life.  We have come full circle after six devotions.  Today, I ask all of us the central question of Christianity.  Is Christ our Chief Cornerstone?  If He is, Praise God in the sanctuary!  If He is not, then we have work to do.  God's offer is conditional.  If we don't accept Christ as our Chief Cornerstone, we get none of the package.  Jew or Gentile, it doesn't matter to God.  We all must make good choices.  When we do, "All Are Welcome in the Family of God!"