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. Revelation 7:9
I have the privilege of working with courageous missioners who have joyously given their lives to share Jesus with people around the world. George and his family have served Christ in the Philippines for many years and recently sent me this beautiful reflection. He gave me permission to use it here:
I live in a very crowded city, Manila, the densest city in the world. What would normally be a 15 minute drive in the USA can take up to 6 hours here on account of so many cars. People get irritated, and it’s hot.
All around me are represented the 180 or so languages that exist in the Philippines. One day there will be people from every one of these languages standing among the great multitude, offering praise in their language (tongue) to our Father. That is why I came here, to be stuck in this crowd for now so that one day they can join us before the Father in a much bigger crowd and with way more than 180 languages praising God.
On that day, we won’t be irritated at the tightness of the crowd but will rejoice that we have all been forgiven, redeemed, and can stand in his glory before the throne. I think I will stand in the Filipino section.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for all your devoted servants around the world who share you gladly in word and in deed. Thank you for calling each one of us to service in your Kingdom. AMEN.