“...for my house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” (Isaiah 56:7)
One of my fondest memories of my grandmother was how I always felt welcomed in her home. As soon as I stepped foot in her house, she always had a big smile on her face and the first thing she would always say to me was regardless of the time of day was, “You want some ice cream?” She would take me to the store with her and insist I pick out something I wanted. Even though she was the only grandmother I knew, she was the best grandmother I knew. I will always remember her for making me feel so welcome in her home.
The God of Scripture is similar to my grandmother: He always makes those who come to him feel welcome. He doesn’t care where we come from, what we look like, what we have gone through, or even the choices that we have made; God always welcomes those who come to Him with open arms.
The prophet Isaiah wrote of God to the people of Israel who had lost sight of God’s welcoming nature. Israel was supposed to live as God’s people and be as welcoming as He was. But, they had forgotten to welcome the outcasts and the foreigners. They had become prideful and thought they were the only ones welcomed into God’s presence. But, God welcomes all who come to Him because God is love; therefore, His nature is to pour out love onto all who come to Him.
Isaiah 56:6-7 says, “...everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant-these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer…” The promise of God’s love and grace is for all who surrender to Him as King and Savior.
Question: Have you accepted the invitation of Jesus to experience the love of God?
Challenge: If you have accepted Jesus’ invitation, then ask the Holy Spirit to help you extend the invitation to others.
Prayer: God use me to be as welcoming as you are.
Ryan Reveley, Chapel Leader -- Lowell Spinners