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Revelation 7:1-10:11Revelation 7:9, “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 before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.”
The Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies are always so impressive – a celebration of diversity, global community, peace, and athleticism. Athletes of every color and creed all converge with a spirit of unity and love. Perhaps this event is a microcosmic glimpse of what we'll someday experience in Heaven!With that in mind, take a moment and picture yourself in a place of total perfection, basking in the brilliant blaze of God's glory — no red lights, difficult co-workers, headaches, neighborly disputes, over-inflated egos, or past-due bills. As you stand before God's throne, you're joined by throngs of people of all races from every nook and cranny around the globe. Within that great diversity, everyone unites in worship before the Almighty Creator and King of kings. What an insanely amazing time that will be!Now, STOP and THINK about the people you know who won't be there because they never surrendered their lives to Christ. Hopefully, you're feeling that tug of conviction because who's responsible for telling others about Jesus to secure eternities? WE ARE!Right now, make a mental or physical list of the people in your family, neighborhood, workplace, school, or daily interactions who have yet to experience Christ's love. Pray over this list each day, asking God for opportunities to share what He's done in your life because YOU may be the only embodiment of Jesus they'll ever meet.Paradise awaits you, and you can be a part of securing the same destiny for the people on your prayer list! Just think how much fun the "Welcome Home" parties will be when you reunite one day in Heaven and introduce them to your "multitudes" of new friends from every nation.
Dear God, Thank You for the hope of Heaven. Help me to boldly share my story and point others toward salvation so they can celebrate Your presence alongside me in eternity. In Jesus' name, Amen.