Reading: Revelation 7: 9-17
It’s pretty easy to look at someone else in the store or in line at the traffic light and to judge if we think they are a Christian or if they are lost. It becomes even easier to judge one’s eternal destination if we work or go to school with them. Of course we are all ‘in’ and will one day stand around the throne with other stalwart Christians praising God day and night. Or will we?
Often in our churches or places of worship we do like to think we have the inside track. We like to gather with others like us (at least spiritually) to worship and have coffee and cookies with on Sunday mornings. We get a little uncomfortable when someone who is definitely not one of us comes into our space. Sure, someone welcomes them – they are good working with those kind of people. We don’t need to take the time to talk with that ‘guest’ because we will never see them again. Or will we?
Our passage today gives us a snapshot of heaven. Gathered around the throne are thousands upon thousands from every tribe, nation, and language. The great commission calls us to take the good news of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. That’s far and wide. While some are out there in far away places, for most of us our mission field is right where we are today. It is that person in line with us at the store or the one at the next desk over or the seeker who wanders in on a Sunday morning.
We must remember that we are all called to share the good news. God wants us all to know Him. We must live and see as Jesus did: without judgement, with no reservations, with no preconceived ideas. We must meet people where they are at and love them as God loves them. We are called to be a living witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. May it be so this day.