Members Only? YUCK!

members onlyDon’t we all have some childhood memory of a day or time when we were excluded from a group to which we wanted desperately to belong? Isn’t there still just a little something inside us that cringes when we see a ‘members only’ sign? Are not all of us offended to some degree when we are shut out or excluded?

The wretchedness of segregation with its ‘whites only’ placards has left a scar on our society from which we are hopefully recovering. My favorite game, golf, has been notorious for excluding others to one degree or another.

What is it about us that enables us to feel pain inside when we are excluded? Why does it hurt so much?

Well, the answer is simple: Jesus! Yes Jesus is the reason we hate to be excluded or left out. It is because of Jesus that we ARE included in the life he and his Father share in the Holy Spirit.

Triune God has existed eternally in perfect love and fellowship, unencumbered freedom and wholeness, and complete and lasting union. It is here that the cause of creation is found. Did you know why you were created? It was not, first, to worship or glorify God. You were created by God for God.

In short, you were created for inclusion. You were created because before the foundations of the world were laid the Blessed Trinity set Their love upon you and determined to include you in Their circle of life and love. You were created simply and plainly so that the Father could share His love and life with you.

In the person of Jesus Christ you HAVE been included in the Triune Life of God. In His earthly ministry Jesus has gathered you up in Himself and placed you in the center of a circle of fellowship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Often we hear it said that somehow we have the capability of being separated from God… because of sins or unbelief or some other such nonsense. The truth is we have no power to be here. Either we are connected to God or we cease to exist. So when we hurt because of some physical exclusion it is merely a shadow of a larger reality. That reality is that in Jesus we are INcluded where it really matters- in the very life and being of God.

So now the reason you hurt when you are told that you are excluded is simply because you are INcluded. If someone were to twist my arm it would surely hurt, but only because my arm is attached to my body. If the arm were separated from me that person could twist it all day long and it would not hurt. You are included in Jesus and the lie that you are excluded hurts simply because there, on your Spiritual DNA, is written the truth that you belong to the Father, Son, and Spirit and you always have and you always will.

So let us resolve to include others in much the same way we have been included in the Trinity… without reservation, judgment, or prejudice.

~Bill Winn

5 comments so far

  1. helene on

    Everybody with/without a religious background needs to hear this message repeated many times. Thank you!

  2. Scott Simmonette on

    Love this!

  3. billwinn on

    Helene and Scott I appreciate your kind words.

  4. Carrie Smith on

    This is a great message & makes sense. I like your analogy of the arm twisting to share your point – definitely helps to put it into perspective.

  5. Jerome on

    Good post, Bill. Adds meaning to 2 Corinthians 5:16 where Paul said (after saying in 2 Cor 5:15 that Christ died for all, part of his inclusion of all humanity) “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.”

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