During our worship gathering this past Sunday morning, we sang the song “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name.” The third verse of this song is as follows:
Let every kindred, every tribe On this terrestrial ball To Him all majesty ascribe And crown Him Lord of all
As we sang that verse, I was reminded of the many places in Scripture that speak of God’s heart for the nations, that He desires for people from every nation and tribe to worship Him. We see in Scripture that the gospel must be taken to all of the nations before Jesus’ return (Matt. 24:14). We also see in Scripture that people from every nation, tribe, and tongue will be represented around the throne of the Lamb (Rev. 7:9-12).
After reminding myself of these verses, I did a scan of the room. As best I could tell, there were representatives of 16 nations in the room: The United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Congo, Cameroon, England, China, India, the Philippines, Finland, Trinidad and Tobago, Vietnam, Taiwan, South Africa, and Laos. I’m probably missing a few, but I know those 16 nations were represented in the room. I could not help but smile when I saw this, and I know that this pleases God. I can almost picture Him saying “Yes! That’s what the church is supposed to look like!”
There is so much diversity in our city. Unfortunately, there is not always unity. We heard on Sunday that God’s plan for unity in the church and for taking the gospel to the nations is through the church (Eph. 3:10). If anyone should be on the forefront of racial reconciliation and unity among believers, it should be the church. We are the people of God, the ones who should see people as God sees people, created in His image. All people of all races of all nations are precious to God because He created all of them and He desires for all to know Him. He is drawing all people to Himself (John 12:32). Praise God that He has allowed Arapaho Road to play a role in reaching our diverse community with the gospel, this glorious message of truth and reconciliation for all people.