He is For Everyone
Have you ever belonged to an exclusive group or club? I think the closest thing I've come to being in an exclusive club was being on Sport Chek's "Deals and Sales" mailing list. Granted, it's not really that exclusive, but that's probably as close as I've come personally. It feels great to be part of something exclusive (I imagine), but not so great to be excluded from something. When I was kid I was excluded from different groups sometimes. I was excluded from hanging out with some of the older kids in some circles because I was "too young." I was excluded a few times in elementary and middle school from hanging out with certain people because I wasn't "cool" enough, and didn't have brand named clothes. In fact, there was a whole year of middle school where my entire class ignore me and pretended I didn't exist. Those were not great times for me. I know what it's like to feel like you don't belong, but even more importantly I know what it's like to finally be accepted for who you are, quirks and all. Sometimes it can feel like Christianity or Church is an "exclusive" club, but that's not, nor ever has been, a biblical mandate.
4 The Lord says to everyone, “If you honor me by observing the Sabbath
and if you do what pleases me and faithfully keep my covenant,
5 then your name will be remembered in my Temple and among my people...
You will never be forgotten.”
Isaiah 56:4-5 (GNT)
In Isaiah 56 God speaks to the foreigners and the eunuchs about their inclusion in His nation. Normally these groups of people weren't allowed to worship and offer sacrifices but God here is letting them know explicitly that who they are, or what their life status is does not prevent them from joining and taking part in God's family. The only thing required to be a part of God's family is an honest effort to do what is right and just. Perfection is not a prerequisite, nor is certain knowledge. God's club is open to anyone who wants to be a part of it. Salvation is given freely to anyone who chooses to accept it. The family of God is all inclusive. There is no one left out, excluded, or prohibited from joining. It is not restricted by race, gender, age, identity or belief. God is not in the business of kicking people out, He is in the business of inviting people in. His Word is for all people, and anyone can find salvation through Jesus. Jesus gave up His life for everyone. He is for everyone.
34 Joshua read all the words of the law
—the blessings and the curses—
just as it is written in the Book of the Law.
35 There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded
that Joshua did not read to the whole assembly of Israel,
including the women and children,
and the foreigners who lived among them.
Joshua 8:34-35 (NIV)
Lord, we thank you that you are a loving, accepting and gracious God. We are grateful to be made part of your family, and thankful that through the love and sacrifice of your son we are no longer outsiders. When we fell lost and abandoned remind us that you will never leave us, and that we can always find a home in you. Thank you for loving us first. AMEN