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Not Beyond Your Reach

In Deuteronomy 30, there is a discussion on the choice—the choice between life and death. The command given is said to be “not too difficult” and “not beyond your reach.” Further, it says that the message is on our lips and in our hearts. Too often we do not consider how everything is easily there for us.

Rather than feeling so many things are far from our reach, we should come to understand that things are not out of reach for us. God does not make it impossible for us to come to Him; rather He gives us an easy path to Him. Jesus took care of it all—we simply take a step.

There are many steps that follow; however, we need to focus on the here and now. God has called us to return to Him and it is not beyond our reach. He has called us to obey Him and it is not beyond our reach. He has provided us a way to salvation –Jesus – and it is not beyond our reach. God does not aim to make everything difficult. God does not aim to cause you struggles. Live today understanding that “it is not beyond your reach.”

“This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is not beyond your reach.” – Deuteronomy 30:11 [NLT]

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Barriers

As I drove down the street, I noticed that the sidewalk that was recently redone to allow pedestrians safer travel was being changed. It made no sense to me why there was any need to do more work to the area. When I peered closer, I noticed that the sidewalk was constructed to purposely block people from easy access to the church that was located in the same area. There was a barrier making it more difficult for someone to enter the church.

I thought to myself about this barrier and how it reminded me of the barriers that are all around us when it comes to church. There are some people who are kept from going to church. There are others who are turned away from the church. There are others who do not feel welcomed at church. Of course, there are others who want nothing to do with church or with God. From my vantage point, so many people are unable to pass one of these barriers.

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During the Christmas season, more people walk through the church doors; some people have not entered since last year and for others it is their first time in a church. I encourage you to be welcoming to all as Christ was loving and caring for the needs of all people. The church is not a building. We are the church. We are called to be a holy people, set apart for God. Let us remember this special calling and act upon it. Let us reach out and hold the door open to all who wish to enter, and even go the extra mile to invite those who have never entered and who aren’t very interested in coming. Shine the Light.

“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”
– Romans 15:7 [ESV]