One of my favorite things when I am invited to a house for the first time is feeling welcome even before I even step foot into it. A welcome mat or a lovely pot of flowers can do so, but always best is a smiling face when I ring the doorbell.
Knowing I am always welcome makes me more likely to return to a home.
But being welcomed in and then being told the home is now partly mine? Even though I contributed nothing to deserve it?
That kind of welcome is rare, but it does happen.
I have evidence of this kind of invitation, and so do you!
The Bible has many places where God shows us how His Kingdom takes the best the world has for us and God amps it up beyond all expectation and imagination!
Colossians 1:13-14 is one such verse….
God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the #kingdom of the Son He loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating! Colossians 1:13-14 MSG
God rescued us, freed us and cleaned us of our stains but didn’t leave us there. He made us family.
His Kingdom is made up of each one He has done the very same for.
Oh we may have different backgrounds, skill sets and old sin patterns- but in His Kingdom, its not about what you formerly lacked but what you now have.
- The keys to the Kingdom.
- A permanent room there.
- Forever to be in His Presence.
- Nothing to ever separate us again!
Friend, I challenge you to…
- Ask God how He wants to show you more of His kingdom in your life.
- Seek His presence.
- Savor His Word.
- Spend time listening for His voice.
Knowing His kindness, love, mercy and grace never changes, He will always continue to do so for those seeking His Kingdom first.