Even though it is late Saturday afternoon, I am still going to write my Five-minute-Friday prompt. I really enjoy seeing where each word takes me as I do the writing exercise for five minutes and then “tweak” my thoughts into a post.
This week the word is INCLUDE.
This is the opposite of exclude. Seems obvious, right?
Have you ever thought of how good it feels to be included?
And how bad it feels to be excluded?
- Friendship groups of all types
- Work cliques
- Sports teams
- Social media networking
- Neighborhood get-togethers
- The list goes on and on…
Let me give you an example of a powerful offer that is for all people...
Jesus came to give forgiveness and eternal life to anyone who believes.
ANYONE! Now that is inclusion!
It doesn’t matter your race, your gender, your shoe size, your talents, your intelligence, your “coolness factor.” You are included in this offer.
“For God so loved the word that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life!” John 3:16
The offer of everlasting life is for ALL who believe! There are no strings attached. No special qualifications. The gospel message is for everyone!
As for me, I gladly receive this offer. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin and for the sin of the world, and I thankfully receive this gift of eternal life. I am so thankful that I am included!