All-Inclusive. We have heard the term and may have even taken an All-Inclusive vacation. "Leaving your wallet and your worries behind" certainly sounds enticing. Yet, like a lot of things in life, it is only a half-truth. All-Inclusive does not mean that everything is included.
A co-worker of mine recently went on an all-inclusive cruise in the Bahamas. He soon found out that his trip was All-Inclusive with an asterisk. A 20-minute round trip taxi ride to the beach cost him $85. A beach chair rental set him back another $15. I guess if you stay on the boat and only eat and drink what the cruise provides, you might be able to survive without your wallet, and perhaps your worries.
In this life, there is only One thing that is truly All-Inclusive and He has a name, Jesus. Through belief in Jesus' atoning and sin-absolving death and resurrection on the cross, we become followers of Him. Jesus then provides to us an All-Inclusive and irreversible access to Himself. We are made new because He puts His very spirit into our hearts and begins to live His life in and through us. We are adopted as His sons and daughters and are fellow heirs with Christ. With Jesus everything really is included.
Here is one of my favorite sections from Romans 8: 9-17. As believers in Jesus, it should be one of the most uplifting and encouraging things we can read:
"All-Inclusive Savior, Jesus. Leave your wandering and worry behind."
Count me in!