After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” | Revelation 7:9-10
This is what we labor toward.
In these times of unrest and social injustice, Christ’s followers must be
EVER MORE on mission for Him.
As believers, let’s do what we MUST to draw closer to that day described in Revelation. Let us PRAY, remembering that prayer is the MOST powerful tool the Christian has.
As believers grounded in the Word of God and led by the Holy Spirit, let’s actively demonstrate the love of Christ to people of color by doing the following:
- Examine our own hearts and actions (2 Peter 1:5-10; 2 Corinthians 13:5).
- Ask the Lord to reveal and root out any wrong thinking or wrongdoing in us (Psalm 139:23-24; Job 12:22).
- Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly (Micah 6:8).
- Remind one another how to live out the gospel (2 Peter 1:12-13; Philippians 2:3-4).
- Reach out to those in your circle who have been vocal amidst the recent events. They may be hurting, angry, hopeless. Listen and mourn with them (Romans 12:15; Galatians 6:2; Isaiah 1:17).
- Reach out to those in your circle who have been silent amidst the recent events. They may be processing, confused, conflicted, convicted. Sow seeds for the Kingdom (Galatians 6:8).
- Hold one another accountable. Call out hatred, racism, and social injustice when you see it (Galatians 6:1; Luke 17:3; Matthew 18:15; James 5:19-20).
- Resolve to meet those who are suffering where they are. Refuse to step around and pass by the suffering of others. Step into the messy; welcome the inconvenient (Luke 10:25-37).
The above list is not exhaustive by any means, but it’s a start. As believers, our thoughts and actions must be filtered through the Word of God. It alone is Truth.
But don’t miss this –
prayer must come first.
Prayer allows us to surrender our emotions and our hurts to the One who actually has the power to bring about change.
The Bible tells us that God sees and hates the injustice in our world (Lamentations 3:35-36; Proverbs 20:10). It tells us He is able and willing to transform hearts for His glory (Acts 26:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:12-16). It tells us that justice belongs to the Lord (Hebrews 10:30-31; Ecclesiastes 3:16-17).
As we pray, He will work.
As we pray, He will guide.
As we pray, He will equip.
As we pray, we must surrender, listen, and obey.
Followers of Jesus, ANY inaction on our part aligns us with evil and opposes the gospel message (James 4:17).
Be convicted, be encouraged, be exhorted, because that beautiful moment described in Revelation 7:9-10 IS coming. And it WILL include people of every nation, tribe, and language. So may our “work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 1:3) be our testimony until that day comes.