Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 11, 2020
My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. James 2:1
Last weekend, my husband and I traveled to Kansas City for my mother-in-law’s memorial service. While there, we drove by a beautifully groomed cemetery and I commented on it.
“Yes,” said my father-in-law. “It’s beautiful. Can you believe, that cemetery has old sections that separate Catholics from Protestants?” I couldn’t help but smile. I asked my husband, “Do you think they were surprised when they got to heaven and realized they were all mixed up!?”
Revelation 7:9 shows how glorious God’s “mixing up” will be in the future.
“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands and they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’”
In Christ, races and nations are indeed different, but in Christ we are one family. We have all been brought together under the umbrella of one Creator. In Him, our differences are not reasons to scoff, exclude, or hate. In Him, our differences are reasons for celebration! What an amazing and creative God we serve! How beautiful are the different peoples He has created from all races, tribes, and nations!
I do not have many of the same perspectives as my black brothers and sisters. I do not have the same talents as some of my Hispanic brothers and sisters. I do not have the same life experiences as my Asian brothers and sisters. I do not because I have not been created exactly like them. But just as biological siblings are different, we are still part of one family. . .God’s family. How beautifully glorious! Differences are reasons to rejoice in God’s majesty, and to learn to love in unselfish ways.
Prideful prejudice will only be a part of our lives if we allow it. Favoritism is born of man’s hearts. It’s an earthly evil, born of sin, ignorance, fear, and pride. But in the realm of heaven, it does not exist. God is a God of inclusion, kindness, and love. The Lord loves all peoples He has made, and He wants us to love one another (John 13:34).
What a glorious day that will be when we all get to heaven and we love fully, without pride, prejudice, or fear, when we’re all mixed up!
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).
Lord, thank you that you created all people, and when I love all people, even those that are different than me, I am loving you. I thank you for your creativity in all that you have made. How amazing and glorious you are! Amen!
Show kindness to someone who is different than you and thank God for the beauty of His creation.
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