You Are Included, and You Are Wanted

Hands open

“All whom My Father gives (entrusts) to Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, no never, reject one of them who comes to Me]” (John 6:37, AMPC, bold emphasis mine).

I had a conversation with my dad not too long ago about the beliefs a certain denomination holds dear. While their doctrine is slightly different than ours, they love Jesus with all their hearts and believe on Him as God and Savior. My dad and I agreed that, even if they seem to us somewhat biblically off in part of their understanding, they still have the most essential things right.

Dad expressed it like this: “When those individuals get to judgment day at the end of their lives, there is no way God is going to say to them, ‘Too bad. You got this one thing wrong. You can’t come in.’ On the contrary, He is going to examine the fruits of their lives and take great delight in the way they loved Him. With arms wide open and the hugest, loving smile on His beautiful face, He will exclaim: ‘You served me passionately! You believed in My Son! You received Him as Savior and Lord! You walked with Me! Well done, precious, faithful child. Welcome to My house; come! Come share in My overflowing joy to have you home!”

As I reflected on our conversation, Holy Spirit spoke to my heart. He whispered exuberantly, “I am not an exclusive God. I am inclusive! I am always looking for the tiniest hint that a human heart is turned toward Me – to honor that one’s desire for Me, and to lend My aid in their search for Me.

“My eyes run to and fro throughout the whole earth, searching out spirits that are reaching out for Me. I rush towards them intimately and give them strong support in their pursuit of My heart. I long to include; never to exclude. I will never, no never, reject one of them who comes to Me!” (2 Chron. 16:9).

Jesus is not on the lookout for the wrong things we do, in order to chastise us. Rather, He is on the lookout for each and every tiny and huge expression of our lives that shows that we desire to honor Him… attentively watching for every action and word that He might celebrate, encourage, and strengthen. He is like the parent whose small child proudly brings him a sheet of paper decorated with colorful scribbles, and His face lights up with pride and delight in that little one. No, the work presented is no earth shattering masterpiece. But it fills up His heart to overflowing.

Even when our attempts to serve Him are feeble and weakened by the painful seasons of life that sometimes handicap our efforts, He welcomes and profoundly rejoices in them. It’s not what we are accomplishing that steals His heart; it’s the fact that we want to be with Him, that we yearn to please Him.

“A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory” (Matt. 12:20, NIV). If the reed of your faith is bruised, He will hold you until it heals. If the wick of your passion is smoldering, He will gently nurse it back to a roaring flame. He will not let go of you until He rights the wrongs that have happened to you, and tenderly, zealously delivers you to victory over your enemies.

Jesus loves to celebrate your triumphs, both the little ones and the weighty ones. He also cherishes the privilege of carrying you through your darkest nights. In whatever season you find yourself in, remember. You are His most cherished treasure. He always wants and welcomes you. He will never, no never, turn you away from His waiting arms.

“Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go” (John 6:37, MSG).

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What are some practical ways that we can imitate God’s inclusive, welcoming, loving nature?

22 thoughts on “You Are Included, and You Are Wanted

  1. Jennifer, you Father has much wisdom, thanks for sharing him with us all! I too have occasion to meet with folks who may have a slightly different take on things. I always look to the solid ground that we share. Alistair Begg teaches on this topic by pointing out that in Scripture, “the main stuff is the plain stuff and the plain stuff is the main stuff.” My take: Salvation is Jesus Christ plus or minus nothing. This is the main stuff, and is plainly spelled out in many places in the bible, such as John 14:6, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9, etc.
    Blessings to you, your family and ministry,
    Chuck
    Ps: I write this while enjoying a cup of Summer Moon coffee!

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  2. This thought especially caught my attention: “I am always looking for the tiniest hint that a human heart is turned toward Me – to honor that one’s desire for Me, and to lend My aid in their search for Me.” And I appreciated your scriptural back-up, the first part of 2 Chronicles 16:9: “My eyes run to and fro throughout the whole earth, searching out spirits that are reaching out for Me.” Your words gave me hope for our country during this time of pandemic and political unrest. Such turmoil may very well turn hearts toward God as they reach the end of their ropes. And God will be there to reveal himself and draw them unto himself. That may not have been the original intent of your post, but the truths of what you’ve shared definitely apply in this other direction as well. Thank you for your dose of hope, Jennifer!

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  3. God is indeed waiting for everyone to repent (ie remain in a state of HIs Grace) Then accept not just KNOW Jesus but accept the full SALVATION that is offered by living always as if in the shadow of this Cross. Let all of the people who are living now keep by our lives and LOVING example of Jesus Christ ‘living’ IN us ,telling the world of HIS divine love.
    HE IS SAVIOUR. EVERYONE can accept and be SAVED.
    This is the question for this world……..Are you eternal spirit/souls covered by the blood of the HOLY lamb’s sacrifice.? He sees every human heart He alone knows their place in HIs Grace. Thank you for this thought-provoking past.

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  4. The answer to hate is love. We are called to love everyone, those who we find it easy to love, but even more those we find it difficult to love. This includes ourselves. I find it difficult to express joy and contentment at the person I am, the wonderful human that God has blessed me to be.

    Thank you for the reminder that God loves us all. Every day we must try to do the same. ♥

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