Good Morning August 14

The Jews understood well that they were the chosen people of God. What they lost sight of was the reason for which they were chosen. In the covenant God made with Abraham, his family was to be blessed so that they in turn could be a blessing to all the nations of the earth.(Genesis 12:1-3) Jesus raised the scorn of the Jewish leaders when He went to the foreigners and outcasts. That has always been God’s intent. He is not willing that any be lost, but that “all men be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”(I Timothy 2:4) It is still true today. The Church has been given a new covenant in Jesus Christ. We are to be a different people, but not an exclusive people. The grace that God has given us in Christ is to be extended to the world, and that world begins in our own homes, neighborhoods, and communities. It is to be extended in love in as many forms as God gives us the wisdom and inspiration. Jesus said, “if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”(John 12:32) Jesus has been lifted up in sacrifice for all people. Now we seek to lift Him up as we serve others.