“So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s Holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together we are His house, built on the foundations of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself..”
Because of God’s unlimited resources of love and grace, we are accepted into His family. It doesn’t matter if you are black or white, Asian or European, Jew or non-Jew alike, we all are accepted into His Kingdom. There is no age limitations, no qualifications, no interview needed, no paperwork to fill out, and no VISA’S!! It is a free ticket, available to all those who accept Jesus’ wonderful work of the cross. We can move from being strangers and foreigners to CITIZENS of God’s Kingdom. Moreover, not just citizens but family members dwelling in Heavenly places with Jesus.
Being accepted, despite of who we are or what we have done is only because of the grace of God. Yet this gives a great deal of responsibility to the ‘church’ to live this out in reality. If God accepts all people, then we as His church, should do the same. Even as Paul was writing this letter to the church in Ephesus, the problems of segregation between Jews and Gentiles was very real. Yet as Paul writes, there is no longer a separation because we are one family and one church. As Paul said ‘together we are His house’.
Let us not just make that sentence good reading but work together to make this a reality. If the kingdom of God has no requirements to enter then let us make church a place like that too. Church should be a reflection of Heaven. A place were all are welcomed to worship God as one body, with Jesus being the cornerstone, the One that unites us all in love. We are saved by grace and grace alone as a free gift. That same gift is available to all people regardless of their background or how they look.