June 29

by Pastor Jonna

“A Multicolored Future”

Read: Revelation 7:9 – 12

When I was growing up, I heard many people tell me that they were “colorblind” or that they didn’t see color. I remember being puzzled by this as a little girl, because I could see color. I saw the friends of mine who had different skin colors, and I saw the ones who had skin colors like mine.

When I grew older, I was told that those who claimed not to see color were in fact doing the opposite of what they were hoping to do; they were causing harm. In saying that they were “colorblind,” they were discounting the experiences of people different from them, and were in fact offensive to people of color. Why? Because saying that you’re “colorblind” is to say that it is good not to see color; it would in fact be better if everyone were the same color.

But we were created to be different; our varieties in skin color are not a mistake. According to Scripture, they are intentional and something to celebrate!

In Revelation, John does not envision a group from one nation or of one skin color. John envisions a great multiethnic multitude. It’s so great in fact, that no one can count it. People of all nations, with their unique cultures, languages, and skin tones, and gathered together. They are gathered together to worship Jesus. They hold palm branches and cry out, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” (Rev 7:10).

This image reminds me of when Alek and I traveled to the Holy Land a few years ago. One day, we entered a chapel and sang a hymn. A man joined us in Nigerian. He knew the same hymn in Nigerian! As we walked around Jerusalem, we continued to see reminders that the gospel had spread to the nations. We saw a variety of different colors and nations from around the globe, who had come to this place because of their love for Jesus.

What an incredible day it will be when Jesus returns. Those who love Jesus will be gathered together – people of every nation, color, language, and culture. We will all gather together to worship the One who is worthy of our praise. And we will be one.

We have a long way to go before that vision becomes a reality, but we pray that God’s kingdom will come on earth, as it is in heaven. May we be a part of that kingdom work!

Heavenly Father, we have so much to learn and so much room to grow in our love for those who are different from us. We pray that we will decrease and that You will increase. May others be attracted to Your Spirit’s presence in us, and may John’s vision reach to those who do not look like us. May that multicolored and multiethnic growth reach to the ends of the earth! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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