God's Confounding Welcome
O Lord God, as I enter Your presence for worship on this our Mission Festival, fill my heart with the joy of Your salvation! Move me to confess my sins with sincerity, to listen to Your words with care, to sing Your praises with enthusiasm, to lay before You all my prayers with confidence, and finally to leave Your house with the determination to share Your gospel message as You give me opportunity. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
In this beautiful section of Scripture Peter identifies us believers as part of a great “spiritual house” and a “holy priesthood.” We are, he says, God’s “special people” called to proclaim His praises!
While the kingdom of God is open to all, the gate by which we enter is narrow—faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord! Jesus urges us “to strive to enter through that narrow gate,” recognizing that “there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.”