Wide /wīd/: 1. Including a great variety of people or things. 2. Do to the full extent. 3. From side to side. 4. Vast, spacious, extensive. 5. at a considerable or specified distance from a point or mark.
Jesus didn’t die just to take our place on the cross but so we could be part of God’s family. To become heirs with Him. Not to become God but to be able, like Jesus, to call God, Abba, Father. It’s time we live in the grace that has been freely bestowed on us. It’s time we live like the masterpieces we have been created to be (and with that comes doing the work God has planned for us.)
It's not a certain person with certain circumstances and a certain look or personality or job or family that God loves but the wide variety of, including all the people (John 3:16!), who He has made. When it comes to God's family, we are all the same, Jew and Gentile, male and female, slave and free. This is the same case now in our own time. His love extends to all ages, race, economic status and gender. How wide the Father's love that He brings anyone who believes in Him into His love. He accepts all people - we need to accept His love and grab onto the freedom to live in that love. To live like we are SO loved! What changes when we know we are loved? Freedom from sin's hold, the title of ‘Child of God’, a relationship with the Most High. What changes in our lives? How do we show this day to day? How do we treat people? Make decisions?
We now know that God loves us, He created us, He didn’t give up on us, He sent His Son to save us from dying for our own sins, He offers us eternal life AND He calls us His children when we accept this love and live in this love. What does that look like? Jesus asks us, “do you love me?” Yes, Lord, we do! Then we need to feed His sheep. We need to love what He loves, care about what He cares about, and do the work He calls us to do. Be His hands and feet.
Matthew 22:34-40 - Jesus gives us the plain and simple first and second commandments. We are to love God with all our hearts, souls, and minds and to love others as we love ourselves. The expression of loving an invisible God is to love others. Feed His sheep. Forget our selfish ways and live for Christ’s ways. Serve others and care for their needs. Share the Good News! Wide! From one end of the earth to the other.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. - Acts 1:8