The Beauty of Belonging

“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 in front of 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.” – Revelation 7:9-10

The Wave - Worship Art by Rik Berry

The Wave – Worship Art by Rik Berry

The Holy Spirit revealed to John, that which is yet to come at the end of days.  The verses above give a glimpse of the scene he saw in heaven.  What a wonder to know that as a believer, though I have not done, nor cannot do anything to deserve it, but because I have accepted God’s grace and daily seek His face, I too, will one day be among those in that magnificent multitude!

My challenge today, is that the reading did not end at verse ten.  By the time I reached the end of Chapter nine, I felt ready to weep for all who still need to know Him.  I do not want for anyone to have to endure end times without eternal hope.  The faces of friends and family members who need to know Him, flashed through my head and my heart.  I guess more than anything, my takeaway today, is a call and a reminder to pray for those who still need to know Him.  When there is opportunity, I will present as I am led, but in the meantime, I will pray today, pray tomorrow, and keep praying after that.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the beauty in the promise that people from every nation, tribe and language will be gathered in purpose to praise You.  Thank You that though I am undeserving, I too, may take part in that jubilant celebration one day.  Father, please forgive me for not being more diligent to pray for my family and friends who still need to know You.  Please place people in their path that can clearly communicate Your heart to theirs, so that they too, might find their hope in You.  Lead me to be a light for You before everyone I encounter, through both my word and deed, and may many come to join in the multitude that will unite together to worship You in all of Your majesty, both on earth and in heaven.  Amen.

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