All-Inclusive Grace

“If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?” When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.” (Acts 11:17-18)

 

Who am I to ever make a judgement on what type of people are fit or unfit to receive the gospel and the inheritance of the Holy Spirit? With deep roots as God's chosen people, I can understand why the Jewish people wrestled a little bit with the initial inclusion of the Gentiles, but it was made clear that God will show mercy to whomever He decides to show mercy - Jew or Gentile. Therefore, we are to preach without any prejudice.

We often fail to see it this way, but one way in which we show resistance to God's authority is to hold back from preaching to those He is calling us to reach simply because we fail to see them fit for the faith. When we shut the gates that He has opened, we stand guilty of denying others the same gift of grace that God has freely given us.

O’ Lord, who are we to stand in the way of Your grace? You grant reconciliation to the repentant regardless of race, reputation, or resolve. You, Lord, are the Almighty God of all. 

We are far removed from the tension here between Jews and Gentiles, but the fact that Gentiles could become Christians was a remarkable realization for the early Jewish believers. May we see our own inclusion into the Kingdom as a remarkable act of reconciliation.

Lord, forgive me for ever thinking that “I belong in Your Kingdom” or that “I fit the faithful mold.” May we recognize the remarkable grace that God has extended to us and spread that same grace to anyone and everyone God may bring before us.