“God, who knows the heart, showed that He accepted them (the Gentiles) by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as He did to us. He made no distinction between us and them, for He purified their hearts by faith.” – Acts 15:8-9
God is not interested in our pedigree nor our position (though He can and will use both if we are willing); rather He cares only for the condition of our hearts. He accepts and blesses with the presence of the Holy Spirit, all, who by faith, come to believe. Our hearts are not made pure by piety (works), but instead by our faith in the Father, and through the work of His Spirit in us. We each hold equal and infinite value to our Creator.
God grants each of us the grace that is needed to share our story, and to impact the internal condition of the hearts of all whom we call our community. It matters not to Him, our position, nor history, and yet He utilizes both to breathe life and hope to all who hear. He uses the least of us to touch lives and transform communities, when we have a willing heart that is founded in faith. Our influence reaches far beyond what our eyes can see. Who but God, truly knows the reach of a redeemed heart that is ready to serve?
For me, it was the willing hearts of teachers, Sunday school staff, grandparents, great family and friends, who were full of faith and obedient to the Father, that led me to believe and trust our Beloved, from a tender age. Though I knew not the full historical significance, nor the Hebrew, I knew that Jesus had come into my heart, and was granted the grace to grow my faith that taught me to trust that He would remain.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son because You love us, and longed to make a way to lead us back to a restored relationship with You. Forgive us for when our faith is lacking, and remind us again of the mountains You can move, if only we are willing to walk in Your way. Teach us, lead us, and guide us I pray, so that a firm foundation of faith will fuel us to follow You all of our days. May our willing obedience open hearts to hear the truth. Amen.