Inclusivity

1st May

“‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out My Spirit even on my servants – men and women alike – and they will prophesy.’”

Acts 2:17-18

Have you noticed a rise in ‘Equal rights’ within our world? A call for both men and women to be paid equally. A call for migrants to be finally classed as true citizens of the country they live in. A call for equality between blacks and whites. A call for equal job opportunities for all. And all rightly so. Yet these are not original ideas. These calls are taken straight from the Bible. Throughout God’s word there is a call for equality and unity in Christ, no matter where you are from, the colour of your skin, gender and such like. In God’s eyes we are ONE.

After the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up to explain what was happening to the onlookers who thought Jesus’ disciples and followers were all drunk. As Peter quotes from the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28-32), a passage written many years before this event even happened, notice the wording he uses to explain God’s idea of inclusivity; ‘I will pour out My Spirit on ALL PEOPLE, YOUR SONS & DAUGHTERS, YOUR YOUNG & OLD MEN, EVEN ON MY SERVANTS, MEN AND WOMEN ALIKE’. God shows no partiality, no favouritism, He is not racist, He is not sexist, or even Ageist. Everyone is included in His love and no one is excluded. He gave His Spirit, to all people. You are included in that wherever you are from, whatever status your are and however old you are. You are included.

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