Wednesday, August 30, 2023
One of the repeated themes in the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts is God's love and desire to bring all people into His family. Jesus had given His disciples a mission to reach people "everywhere — in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth"  reaching people in "all the nations"  with the Good News. Jesus came because God loves all people in the world and wants them to come to Him in repentance.  God had sent His Son to win the heart and to be Lord of all people. God determined that true peace between Himself and humanity would be found in Jesus. God does not show favoritism based on race, language, or nationality, so all people are invited to believe in Jesus and find peace with God. In His earthly ministry, Jesus demonstrated God's love for all people. The early church grew into this understanding as the Holy Spirit led them to include all people in the church. God's work in human history has as its goal the glorious hope:
After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a great roar,
"Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!" 
Our goal as Jesus' disciples is to make the reality of heaven our reality in Jesus' church on earth. We should love, welcome, and fellowship all who call on the name of the Lord for salvation! We must include all people in our spiritual family of grace. This is Jesus' mission for us. 
Almighty God and loving Father, help our fellowship of believers reflect Your heart to reach all people with the message of Your grace given to us in Christ Jesus. We pray this in His name. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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