Before you enter a house, you may notice a mat at the threshold with the well-known word stamped, painted, etched, or molded: “W E L C O M E“. What does this mean? We may not think about it when buying a welcome mat, but it is telling those who enter that it is a good thing that they have come, that they belong, and that they give you joy by being there.
“The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior (who saves!) He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention of past sins, or even recall them; He will exult over you with singing.” | Zephaniah 3:17, AMP
Do you feel like this when you are in the presence of God? Welcome? Accepted? Like you belong?
God wants you to know that because of the sacrifice of His Son, you are welcome. You belong to Him as a believer.
The apostle Paul had a sketchy past. If anyone could feel “unwelcome” by the Lord Jesus, it was him. He persecuted Christians, mocked and denied Christ as the Messiah, and was a part of the religious elite. And yet, once he was saved, he saw how amazing it was to be received and accepted by God:
“…the God to whom I belong and whom I serve and worship…” | Acts 27:23b
“…through Him we have received grace and our apostleship to promote obedience to the faith and make disciples for His name’s sake among all the nations and this includes you, called of Jesus Christ and invited as you are to belong to Him.” | Romans 1:5-6, AMP
“since we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy the peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” | Romans 5:1, AMP
Perhaps because of sin your fellowship has been broken with the Lord. Confess it to Him, repent and turn to Him, knowing that He longs to embrace you. Maybe you feel inadequate or overall guilty because you aren’t “enough”. Dear believer, that is the point!
C H R I S T I S
E N O U G H !
Take Him at His Word and enjoy belonging to the Creator of the universe and Lover of your heart, knowing that because of Jesus you are welcome.
“and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s…” | 1 Corinthians 3:23