Dec 19 – Belonging to Grace
If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
As we remember Christ’s birth and await the promise of His return, we are reminded we become heirs to the promise of Abraham through faith: the promise of peace and salvation, eternal holiness with the Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ.
Little children sit on Santa’s lap asking for the newest toy and your spouse/teenager/parents ask for tools, books, clothes and the latest gadgets. But remember that the greatest give has been given. This great gift is available to all races, nations, genders, social or economic statuses. We cannot be too rich or too poor. Too black or too white. Too foreign or too American. And there is no layaway, no credit card debt, no guilt or disappointment.
No one shall ever be excluded from the family of God if there is faith in Christ Jesus. No matter where you stand; no matter what you think of yourself; no matter what another might say – Jesus gifts you with the promise of belonging. Of family. Of purpose. Of life.
You belong to Christ, who came into the world and yet was rejected by the world he loved. You belong to Christ who shed his blood, and died an innocent death on the cross. You belong to Christ who will return and gather all who are justified by grace and sanctified by faith. There you will gather with the children of God and together you will feast in the Kingdom of God, forever.
Giving God, by your grace we are your children. Help us to experience the gift of belonging. Thank you for the promise of life eternal in your family. Bless us this season and always. Amen.
Pastor Tara Fanton