When I was in high school, I always perceived myself on the “outside” of the “in” group. In my school, we had some pretty stringent requirements to be among the elite. You had to be from a wealthy family, or you needed to be a beauty queen. Dating a football player could’ve been your ticket to an invitation to the best clubs and parties.
Even today I can still remember that old feeling of “you don’t measure up. You’re not good enough, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Funny thing, I recently heard some people who came from different generations talking about their high school experience, and they experienced similar “rules” for acceptance. Strange. I thought only those who grew up in the fifties dealt with those things.
Then the other day I read a scripture that brought the entire matter into perspective. Isaiah 55:1 says “Come, ALL who are thirsty, come to the waters and you who have no money, come buy and eat.”
Did you catch the vital word, ALL? The Lord invites everyone into His presence. ALL are welcome. And there are no restrictions such as a pretty face or a big bank account. After all, He freely gave Himself on the cross to save us from eternal damnation.
Not only are we invited, He paid a huge price so that we may be included. No longer do we need to feel excluded.