I watch women’s professional golf. These women come from many, many countries. They come here for the same purpose….to play golf. They play under the flag of their country, but golf is an individual sport. They are playing for their own win. That is until the Solhiem Cup or the Olympics, but that is a discussion for a different day. The LPGA advertises that they are a global stage, and its true. These women play with skill and grace and I have learned about their countries.
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
Revelation 7:9-10 (ESV)
The world in which we live changes constantly. Our world is getting smaller and we are increasingly connected to one another. We view other countries in different ways. Our interactions as nations and people groups are complicated. How we see countries should not be the same as how we see people. Within our own country, it remains the same. We look different, but we share a common humanity.
As Christians, we should remember where we have come from and where we will ultimately be. We all are tainted by the fall. We all have been or are in need of redemption. The church crosses all national, cultural, and ethnic lines. We are connected to believers across the globe. We are indwelt by the same Holy Spirit. We are one church. We can pray for one another, but will not meet in this life. The day is coming when we will all be together around the throne as one.
The difficulty of translating Biblical truths to everyday life is always before us. The answer remains the same. We must put aside ourselves and “put on Christ”. It is accomplished only by yielding our will and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in us and through us. Daily we must pray for grace, for forgiveness, to forgive, and to trust only in Jesus.
I challenge you today to ask yourself the tough questions as to whether you are living for yourself or for Him. I am trying to die to myself and to treat others the way Jesus would treat them. I can become more like Jesus today than I was yesterday. We can come together as every tribe, nation, and tongue. We can be one church.