Inclusion is a word that is not limited to the business arena or work environment. Inclusion evokes the unconditional love of God that is everywhere present. When asked where the Kingdom of God is, Jesus doesn’t say that it belongs to some people and not others. He says that “the Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). This means that there are no limitations on our ability to bless others. It doesn’t matter what our race, sexual orientation, age, gender, ability, or religion we are, we are all one in the Spirit.
In the classic book Keep a True Lent, Charles Fillmore says “the grace of God extends to all people, not to a particular sect or creed. All . . . are equal in God.” In other words, grace is not based on our actions or inactivity. Grace is the realization that we are one with the love of God, which only requires that we believe.
John the Baptist cries in the wilderness – that voice within us searching for a way out of no way – “make straight the way of the Lord.” In Matthew 3:2, John the Baptist says “repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” This means changing your consciousness to be inclusive of the Kingdom of God – not worrying about what you will eat or drink or where but knowing that the Kingdom in you know what you have need of and will supply it without asking.
The grace of inclusion allows us to experience the blessings of God even in defiance of physical conditions: the baby caught falling from a window, the cardiac arrest patient revived after his heart stops beating, the co-worker who suffered paralysis from a stroke and then regained 100% use of her facilities. Paul says that Jesus “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Grace includes each and every one of us in the absolute good of Spirit – well beyond the appearances of things (John 7:24).
”And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:16-17). This means that we don’t have to worry about karma because God has the power to bless us beyond sin, error, doubt, limitation, fear, or what the world calls “merit.” No one is perfect or even close. We are here to remember that we are the image and likeness of Spirit and in so doing – to learn that the grace of God is not earned but always available to us.
We are “saved,” we are freed from the energy of negative or error thinking through the grace of God, through the power of love, through the whole being of Spirit that favors us without condition. As Paul told the Romans, “sin has no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:14).
The truth is that we don’t reap what we sow.
Jesus said “I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor” (John 4:38). Let us reap right now, today in this moment – beyond human understanding, let us reap what we have not worked for, embracing the fullness of a God that never leaves us or forsakes us. Let us rise up in a stream of blessings that never stop favoring us.
Where is Satan, you dare ask? The peace of God has crushed our adversaries under our feet (Romans 16:20). No weapon formed against us prospers (Isaiah 54:17). There is no need to be anxious of adversaries. The scripture says “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). This is the grace to which we are all entitled – no matter who you are. The only catch is that you must surrender to the love that regenerates the power and presence of God.
The grace of inclusion is the truth that there is infinite room and endless opportunities for each and every one of us to wear the blessing of absolute good. The thing to remember about inclusion is that we all get closer to the true realization of the kingdom within when we send the same blessings that we receive to others.
Inclusion allows us to keep casting God’s net wider and wider to be the best that we can – not just for ourselves but for all humanity.