This will be us one day.

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“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’ And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.’”

Revelation 7:9-12 (ESV)

This is a unique passage in the pages of Revelation. Before this, we have six seals of the scroll broken in the previous chapter and the seventh is opened in the next chapter. This passage almost acts as a break between the proclaiming of judgment by God upon the earth. The first things we see in chapter seven is the 144,000 witnesses from the tribes of Israel. There are many different translations of this, but the most prevalent among New Testament scholars is that the 144,000 is not a literal number, but a series of 12’s. Twelve is another significant number in Revelation and represents God’s people. It simply describes the full number of God’s people in Israel. Next, we have this passage. A group of people that can’t even be numbered. A vast group from every tribe, tongue, and nation. All of them bring glory and honor to God.

This will be us one day. We will stand before the throne of God and give him all the glory, honor, and praise. The question is, are we doing this now? Are we bringing God glory in the way we are living on earth? This is not something we have to wait to do. We have access to God because of the sacrifice of Christ. We are able to worship God with our lives. Do we? This is a struggle for many people. It stems from the lie of secular vs. Spiritual. In the Christian’s life, there is no such thing as secular life. Our salvation should affect every part of our lives. We should use every part of our lives to bring God glory. This is the goal of every Christian. We must seek to worship God now and not wait until we get to heaven.

This week, worship God with your life. Let the aim of work, relationships, leisure, whatever you may be doing, be for the glory of God and use it to bring Him all the glory.

April 16, 2018