My family and I gathered around the TV last night to watch the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. Wow! It was amazing. The drums, the lights, the colors, the pageantry, the human paintbrushes. The voices of the children singing in one accord. The precision and timing of each of the 15,000 performers was outstanding.
As I sat on the couch with my kiddos I was in awe and in tears. Some 91,000 people filled the "Bird's Nest" to witness this history making event. Ninety-one thousand spectators, not to mention the thousands and thousands of athletes, put all political and religious differences aside to come together for one purpose. My heart was filled with such wonder and amazement I thought it would burst forth from my chest.
After putting my kiddos to bed I crawled up in my own comfy bed and watched as each country and nation's group of athletes entered the arena. They all proudly wore outfits that represented their nation and held their countries flag high. There were smiles on all the faces and, I imagine, joy and excitement in the hearts of every man and women, boy and girl, who were a part of this great parade of nations.
As I continued to watch I though back to when the Chinese flag entered the arena earlier in the night. The flag was carried into the arena by Chinese children and was then passed to Chinese soldiers. The soldiers then, very carefully and with a great display of pride, lifted the flag high. As all of this was happening the commentator made this statement, "The state of China is the guarantee of the future of these children. "Wow," my husband replied, "the state of China is the guarantee of the future of these children."
My friends, no state, no president, no government, no nation is the guarantee of our future. As I said yesterday in Psalm Friday, the Holy Spirit is the Guarantee of our future because He has sealed us until the day of the coming of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 4:30). The day is coming when every tribe, every tongue and every nation will gather together for one purpose. Oh, and when that day comes, our banners will be raised high, our hearts will be filled with much pride, joy and elation, and smiles will cover our faces! We will all stand together, not dressed in our nations garb, but dressed in the robes of the righteousness of Christ and His salvation, and we will praise God Almighty for eternity. I can hardly wait!
But until then, you and I have work to do. As I picture that arena full of peoples from all lands, I can't help but think that not all of them will join us in that great day of praise. We have been commissioned to go into ALL the world and make disciples of ALL NATIONS, ALL TRIBES, ALL TONGUES. This means we are going to have to give up somethings, step out of our comfort zones, and get down and dirty. God's work is not easy, but it is very rewarding. You and I can't take any of our material possessions with us to heaven, but we can be a part of the harvesting of souls for His Kingdom.
If you read this post on Tuesday, you know that I have an information packets on China that I'd like to share with you. I have 4 of those packets left to give away. In order to receive one of these packets I am asking that you share with us an evangelistic encounter in which you have been personally involved in- i.e. witnessing to a neighbor, sharing the love of Jesus by providing someone a meal, etc. I look forward to reading about all the ways God is using you. I will post an update when all of the packets are gone.
Many blessings to you all. Make today, and everyday, an ON MISSION day!