A Picture of Heaven

I am sitting here watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.  The parade of nations is taking place, and I am reflecting on how this parade is just a small picture of what God had in mind for heaven when it says "And they sang a new song:  You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals; because You were slaughtered, and You redeemed people for God by Your blood from every tribe and language and people and nation.  You made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they will reign on the earth (Rev. 5:9-10, HCSV).

It brings to mind several thought.  First, it reminds me of how, despite our differences, we are all very much the same.  God has created us in His image.  Each person is loved dearly by God.  They have hopes, dreams, desires, fears, concerns, and a soul that needs Jesus, despite the differences in language, politics, and geography.  It is on God’s heart to draw the nations to His throne so that they all may worship, and it should be on heart to be a part of God’s plan by being His kingdom people and do whatever is necessary to see all nations come to know the glory of the mighty God we serve.  Are we willing to do what it takes.  It is so much bigger than any church body, any mission organization, and the status quo won’t reach 4 billion people lost and dying without Christ.  The same little programs and ways of doing thing will just get us more of the same, which is too many lost people dying and too many saved people sitting watching the lost people die.