9 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.
It’s beautiful to imagine that someday in heaven believers from every nation, tribe, people and language will come together in worship in front of the Lamb, who is Jesus Christ! It’s also beautiful to realize that numerous nations, tribes, people and languages come together in worship at LIFT each week as well!
A couple of weeks ago, I found myself in a long zig-zag line in security at Heathrow airport’s terminal 2 (luckily the week before the unfortunate week of the chaotic terminal 5 opening)! I found myself amazed at all the diversity of the people around me. Perhaps 200 or 300 people, on all sides in a small space and with such variety. Not just tall, short, skinny, heavy, young and old; but also dark skin, light skin, olive skin and everything in between. I heard various languages left and right (as we were zig zagging within the roped rows) from Russian/Slavic, German, Asian and Arabic and some other Scandinavian sounding language. As a nice American English accent passed by, I smiled inside until I noticed their passport was Canadian, and then smiled even more in that I was “fooled” by these fellow friendly North Americans, just a bit more north of the border than what I thought I had heard. And of course, I did hear a bit of the Queen’s proper English as well!
I couldn’t help but to just worship God at that moment! I recalled a favorite verse of one of Tanya’s best friends from the USA (via Costa Rica) that was about diverse people from every nation, tribe and tongue who would someday be in heaven praising God. Checking back with Tanya later, she confirmed Revelation 7:9, but that day in Heathrow airport, I just praised God for the diversity as I compared it to what I have seen at LIFT- The International Church of Zug. Although we don’t have 200-300 people each week at LIFT, we do have a broad variety of people with different citizenships, cultures, ethnicities, skin colors, and languages, and we come together to worship the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ! As I prayed for those around me in Heathrow, I also pray for those around me at LIFT, that God will continue to bless His people and draw them to Himself and that He may receive the praise and honor from LIFT and also from every nation, tribe, people and language! We worship a great and mighty God who loves us!
Looking forward to gathering our many tribes together this Sunday at LIFT
In His grip and grace,