And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
I am one of those Gentiles called to belong to Jesus Christ. You my reader, unless you are a Jewish believer, are a gentile, called to belong to Jesus.
Imagine this scenario:
You’re ringer is off. You are in a meeting and need to not be disturbed. Then you feel the buzzing. Your phone is vibrating in your pocket. You have to ignore it. It starts buzzing again. You wait it out. Again it starts buzzing, the people who are sitting next to you start giving you disapproving looks. Finally you pull out the phone enough to see the screen. Your Father is calling. Do you answer?
I was a church going kid growing up. I was in a church going family. I thought God and I were close. Then, when I was 8 years old I was badly burned. I recovered but my face and right hand were deformed with scars, I had a weird little hole under my lip and my right ear was folded over. I was disfigured.
I believed in God and his power to heal. So I waited. And I waited some more. I was healthy. I hadn’t lost any functionality but I was noticeably scarred. I thought God had messed up. I didn’t think God caused the accident but I thought he had allowed it. I was miffed at God. I was perturbed, I was disappointed, I was disillusioned, I was… i was disconnected. That’s it. Back in the day when telephones were mounted to the wall and the handset was heavy, and the call was made by dialing, I felt like a little 8 year old boy who, during an ongoing telephone conversation with God, Was suddenly disconnected and all I could hear was a dial tone.
God hung up on me?
I didn’t understand at the time. I became angry and depressed and behaved very badly.
It turned out the it wasn’t a dial tone I was hearing, it was actually God my father saying over and over in a strong whisper, “Peter I love you, Peter I love you, Peter I love you…”
Those familiar verses in the apostle John’s book of good news were also true for me.
I was then, and am now, and will forever be loved by God.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
God has made a way through Jesus for all of us Gentiles to be accepted and adopted into his family as his own sons and daughters.
But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood —to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished — he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
The call has gone out to all of us Gentiles. Ringer on or ringer off, doesn’t matter. God our Father is persistently calling. Will we answer his call? If al there we hear is dial tone, God is there, reminding us he loves us, the message is so intense and passionate that it sounds like a buzzing whisper, “I love you, i love you, I love you…”