Have you ever been excluded from a group or event? Exclusion can be enormously painful.
As shattering as that is, being shut out from heaven is infinite and permanent. Alas!
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. (Psalm 1:5)
[The wicked will be thrown] out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:30)
But you don’t have to be excluded. You don’t have to be shut out. God invites you.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost. (Revelation 22:17)
Believe in Christ Jesus and be saved. Be included.
Next week’s post has some joys of inclusion!