“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household” Ephesians 2:19
Who are called to be in the household of God? God has created us in His image. That is, all human beings are called to be in the household of God and the Bible is clear that all people are God’s creation (Colossians 1:16) .Very often we omit the fact that those who are the victims of injustice ,non-Christians, and those who are oppressed, are all called to form one body with Christ (John 3:16)
Churches are trying to redefine its mission, that is to care also for its non-members, all those who are in the household of God, not only human beings but also all other creatures of God. Here I would like to highlight the important issue of pollution of our environment which continue to increase the risk of global warming.
God has made of one blood all nations of the earth. There are many examples in the Bible which show that our Lord has not sent Jesus to the people of Israel only but for the whole world. It is true that in Genesis 12, God made a covenant with Abraham and after that, we saw the story where God had a special relationship with His people. However the prophets saw God as the Lord of all nations. Israel was called to be a light to the Gentiles and the prophets challenged the idea of exclusivism.
In Acts chapter 10, God sent Peter to the house of a non-Jewish person called Cornelius. But for Peter the gentiles were unclean and he did not want to go there. In the house hold of God there is no distinction between Jews and Gentiles and the church today must be a family of equals, no distinction between the human beings. Peter understood afterwards through a dream that no one should be seen as unclean and what God has cleansed should not be thought of as unclean.
Not enough to be the household of God, we must be active agents for the kingdom of God. As the disciples of Christ, We are all called to be agents of change and transformation.
Today, we can see many poor people living mostly in rural areas, and many organisations have already engaged the battle against poverty in order to improve the socio-economic and political situations of those people. God calls us to be Christ like. We must continue to pray and to bless people who are in need around us.
Therefore, let us ask God today to give us his grace to expand our boundaries to understand others and to enable them to face their future according to the will of God
Prayer: Dear Lord, we pray for your suffering people, we confess that you are a powerful God and we confess that we have not cared too much for them as we should.
We pray in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit .Amen
Rev. Eric Luximon