The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Was there ever a time in your life when you felt as though you were not part of the crowd? Perhaps it was in school when there was a group you really wanted to be part of to be cool. Maybe it was at work when you desperately wanted to be part of the team that was leading the changes in the company. We see the group as so exclusive; they could never think to include you. When you finally hear that you are being accepted into the group, you can think to yourself, am I really invited in?
The Apostle Paul made it a point to always end his letters in a similar fashion, this blessing on the churches he was writing to was to help remind them that they were under the grace of Jesus Christ, that they were ‘in’ the fold. This method of having the church reminded of who they are and Who’s they are was to help bring them comfort and strength during a time a deep distress and persecution for being a Christian. We too can take the message of acceptance and grace from Paul’s message to the early Church as a blessing on our ‘spirit’ today since we are all part of a covenant community of believers.
So, what does it mean to be invited into the covenant community, and can you really be invited into the community with your background? Can just anyone be invited into the community of believers? Everyone is invited in who accepts God’s gift of grace through his one and only Son Jesus Christ. No matter who you are, you can never have run far enough away, never have lived too sinful of a life that God cannot forgive and bring you into His covenant community. “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
Do you want to be part of the covenant community of believers? Do you know someone who needs to hear that they can be invited into the family and be forgiven, truly forgiven, by the God who loves them? There is no time like this moment to be invited in, to become part of the community that is loved by God and nurtures and cares for the other. Come and be invited in.