Showing Our True Colors – All Souls
Key Bible Verse: “Your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation”. – Revelation 5:9
Bonus Reading: 1 Peter 2:9-10
During a research stint at Oxford University, I visited historic All Souls Church in London. The preaching of its eminent pastor John Stott was insightful. But it was the array of nationalities that amazed me. I was greeted by people from all over the world. This, I thought, must be what heaven is like!
The apostle John must have been captivated to find himself peering into a worship service in heaven. If he were writing today, I imagine he’d express his vision like this: “Wow! I was amazed to see brothers and sisters from every conceivable people group worshiping our Savior. Some had slanted eyes and straight hair. Others had dark skin and thick lips. There were men and women, light and dark, young and old, sincerely worshiping our God.”
This vivid picture of the church purchased by the blood of the Lamb isn’t only in the mind of John but in the heart of God. Can you imagine segregated worship services in heaven? Are only white Anglo-Saxon Protestants there? Black Baptists? Korean Presbyterians? Latino Pentecostals? Of course not! So now picture a colorful rainbow of saints singing a chorus of worship and praise to the Lamb here on earth.
—David A. Anderson in Multicultural Ministry
My Response: When have I experienced a true cross-section of Christ’s church all together?
Adapted from Multicultural Ministry (Zondervan, 2004)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, Your Church should be validating Christ’s reconciling power. Help me to do my part.