I was listening to a devotional this week when I heard the speaker say, “We perceive the stranger as a danger, but God is the God of welcome. The guest is a gift.”
If ever there was a “welcoming” declaration from God Almighty, it is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
We see in this famous passage of Scripture that God is emphatically welcoming. God throws His welcome mat out and says, “Whoever believes in My Son, Jesus” is welcome in my home.
God’s hospitality is beyond comprehension, so let me scale this back to something we can grasp. Imagine if Bill Gates tweeted, “Anyone can have a copy of Microsoft Windows for free. And if you do get a copy of Microsoft Windows, then you are welcome to come to live with me in my house forever!” Whoa. We would say Bill Gates was crazy, but we wouldn’t say that about God. That’s because God is the God of welcome!
When we read John 3:16, why would anyone **not** repent and be saved? And, as believers, we represent Jesus to everyone that sees us. How can we not be welcoming to them when our Father has shown us that He is the God of welcome.