“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth, and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being. Acts 17:24-28
We are part of a gargantuan community. Do you realize that in the lifetime of some still living today the world community has exploded from a mere two and a half billion to seven billion humans jostling together on tiny planet earth. The huge number of fellow men, women, and children living today is hard to grasp. And this has come about from the creation of one man by the God who made all things. The diversity of nations, races, languages, religions of these seven billion souls is phenomenal, but the basic structure of human beings is the same: two eyes, one nose and mouth, two ears, legs and arms; you get it. This has been true from Adam and Eve to the present and continues as it has been from the beginning.
This populated earth is our community in which we live and move and have our being. Admittedly our actual community is much smaller in terms of who we know, work with, play with, and with whom we communicate day in and day out. Yet inextricably we are part of this world community and are under a commission by God through his Son to go into all of this world and make disciples from all of its nations. “All the world is a BIG task; and yet it has been happening unabated since the first century. No other religion on the face of the earth is spread in all the nations of the world like Christianity, which is still in the process of fulfilling this twenty-one century old marching order, the Great Commission.
The Living and Only God whom Paul describes above is set apart from all the gods that proliferate through the world today; some are made by the hands of men from created material, others “live in temples made by human hands, some are “fed by the hands of men; some have adherents who grow and sustain their following by force, oppression, and violence. The true God through his providence has guided the circumstances of men that they might “seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from [any of them]. Such description of its God is totally unique to Christianity among the religions of the world.
Because Christians worship the God who is, the Christian community is multi-lingual, multi-racial, multi-national, and spread across the face of the earth. Of such is the population of heaven. If you are not comfortable with this diverse consortium of humanity, possibly you will not be comfortable with dwelling in the new heavens and the new earth. We are as believers in the process of being “made fit for heaven; this very much includes loving the “brethren who make up the church on earth. Loving and reaching out to the multi’s of our world community is the calling which God has given to each one who truly loves him and obeys his commandments. What part do you play in loving the multi’s into the kingdom?
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