by Yewande Olamiju
Your presence a refuge for me, where I am always welcome. Your arms are a resting place where can I always go. Your Spirit is calling me and I answer willingly. The door to You is open wide and I am always welcome…..You draw me in to where You are and I am always welcome – Mary Alessi
The words always welcome bring deep joy into the heart of the person to who God tells this truth. God’s written word, the Bible, shows that this true and you can come into His presence knowing that you’re always welcome.
These two words add life to what could be an otherwise deary church function. They bring a deep understanding that God looks forward to your time together.
Throughout the Scriptures we find invitations sent out by our Heavenly Father, with the words “always welcome” embossed on the invitation card. God says “Come to Me, I won’t reject You. Come to My throne of grace (Matt 11:28; John 6:37; Heb 4:16). He draws us in to where He dwells. He invites us in.
God draws us in to where He dwells, He invites us in to worship Him (John 4:23), He never turns away those who come to Him. No one is rejected, every one is welcome. He doesn’t kick out the weak or sick, the blind or handicapped, the unlearned or the scholar. Every one is welcome.
When the apostles returned, they told Jesus everything they had done. Then he slipped quietly away with them toward the town of Bethsaida. But the crowds found out where he was going, and they followed him. He welcomed them (Luk 9:10-11 NLT)
One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left. (Matt 19:13-15 NLT)
The blind and the lame came to him in the Temple, and he healed them (Matt 21:14 NLT)
You’re always welcome into God’s presence even at churchy events and activities.
One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!” Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised God! But the leader in charge of the synagogue was indignant that Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath day. “There are six days of the week for working,” he said to the crowd. “Come on those days to be healed, not on the Sabbath.” But the Lord replied, “You hypocrites! Each of you works on the Sabbath day! Don’t you untie your ox or your donkey from its stall on the Sabbath and lead it out for water? This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?” (Luke 13:10-16 NLT)
One Sabbath day Jesus went to eat dinner in the home of a leader of the Pharisees, and the people were watching him closely. There was a man there whose arms and legs were swollen. Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in religious law, “Is it permitted in the law to heal people on the Sabbath day, or not?” When they refused to answer, Jesus touched the sick man and healed him and sent him away (Luke 14:1-4 NLT)
Always welcome includes busy days, rush hour. Jesus is never too busy to receive you. Jesus wasn’t too busy to answer Jairus.
Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, pleading fervently with him. “My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.” Jesus went with him (Mark 5:22-24 NLT)
Got questions? Jesus welcomes you in, He’ll answer your questions.
Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Jesus said, “This is how you should pray…Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this story (Luk 11:1,2, 5 NLT)
Repentant outcasts are always welcome
“Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector….. “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. (Luk 18:10,13-14 NLT)
Others may grow impatient but God says you are always welcome into His presence. He is not inconvenienced by you. The disciples wanted to send the crowd away, Jesus welcomed them.
When the apostles returned, they told Jesus everything they had done. Then he slipped quietly away with them toward the town of Bethsaida. But the crowds found out where he was going, and they followed him. He welcomed them and taught them about the Kingdom of God, and he healed those who were sick. Late in the afternoon the twelve disciples came to him and said, “Send the crowds away to the nearby villages and farms, so they can find food and lodging for the night. There is nothing to eat here in this remote place.”
But Jesus said, “You feed them.” “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Or are you expecting us to go and buy enough food for this whole crowd?” For there were about 5,000 men there.
Jesus replied, “Tell them to sit down in groups of about fifty each.” So the people all sat down. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers (Luk 9:10-17 NLT)
Jesus has made the way open and He says come in.
And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. (Heb 10:21-22 NLT)
But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God. (Heb 7:19 NLT)
Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ (Eph 2:13 NLT)
Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us (Eph 2:18 NLT)
He accepts you irrespective of your nationality or gender, your past or burden (Rev 5:9-10; 7:9-10; Gal 3:28; Luk 17:11-19; John 5:6-9).
Come to Jesus, you’re always welcome. God is calling you so come. He says, Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out (John 6:37).