So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh—called “the uncircumcised” by those called “the circumcised,” which is done in the flesh by human hands. At that time you were without the Messiah, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah. For He is our peace…
- Ephesians 2:11-14
Reading these ancient, ever-living words this morning my soul goes bipolar on me. I rejoice that through the ‘blood of the Messiah’ I am united with God, a citizen of Israel, a joint heir in the promises of the covenant. Before Christ called my name I was content in my arrogance, ignorance, and unbelief. Then, one evening long ago Christ chose me. He called me by name. He called me his friend. This Voice that rang out through that hot July evening filled me with ineffable joy. The Living Word spoke a peace into my life that has now lasted for decades and will be with me into eternity.
But, even in my joy, I grieve over the billions of people ‘with no hope and without God in the world’. The billions who have no access to God’s life-giving word. The same Voice who called me friend also said, “I appoint you that you should go out and produce fruit”. He called me to not only know him but to make him known.