“For where two or three are gathered in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” – Matthew 18:20
The doors of heaven are wide open to receive the “whosoever”. Jesus died an agonising death on the cross to buy this freedom, that anyone, from any background, rich or poor, young or old could receive the gift of salvation.
We should be sure that our church doors are always wide open to receive sinners. Let our church never become like an Old Boys Club where you have to qualify to gain entrance, dress and behave in a certain way.
The following story is told about a certain woman who "enjoyed her religion", visited a very staid and formal church.
"Amen" she said, as the preacher brought out a point with which she agreed. “Madam," said the usher standing nearby, "please try and restrain yourself. We don't allow that in this church."
In a few moments she was so carried away by the sermon that she shouted, "Amen, praise the Lord, hallelujah!"
The usher rushed to her side: "Madam! You must quiet down immediately or leave!"
"I didn't mean to disturb ... but I am just so happy since I found the Lord," she explained.
"You may have found the Lord," retorted the usher severely, "but I am quite sure you didn't find Him here!"
We smile at that story, but it reminds us that our church should be full of joy and thankfulness for the privilege we have to worship in spirit and truth and that all are welcome to join us.
Dear heavenly Father thank you that Your arms are wide open to receive us always just as we are. Thank You for the blood of Jesus that washes away all my sins, past, present and future.