01 Aug The Gospel Is For… a diverse people.
Hi everyone! I’m praying and believing that God has been with you this week. I know he has been with me! As we close out our series, The Gospel Is For Everyone, I want to draw our attention to two key “everyone” scriptures that aren’t found in the book of Romans.
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
“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…”
Genesis 1:27, Revelation 7:9
These two scriptures come from the first book of the bible and the last, and together, they are two of my favorite in all of scripture. I think I love them, even more, seeing them side by side like this. What I love most about them is the reminder that from the very beginning humans were made for one primary purpose which is to be image-bearers of God the creator. To carry out the work of God in creation and to look like him as we do it. I also love that we see the grand plan of God was so much bigger than anyone could have ever imagined. Though in the opening pages of Genesis we don’t see exactly where all of this is headed, by the time we arrive at the final book of the bible we come to this climax in the story of God and humanity where we find the totality of God’s people gathering together around the throne of the maker of the heavens and the earth. It’s the ultimate family reunion, full of singing and shouting praise to their God, their Father, their Savior! The scene would be quite moving even if it had been left in black and white, but thankfully the writer adds more detail, letting us know that around this heavenly throne, people have retained their nationality, their tribes, their people-groups, even their languages. The writer quite literally paints the picture for us, in color. That picture makes a bold and definitive statement that the family of God is not about any one race, any one gender, any one culture, any one language, any one tribe, or any one people group. The family of God is the pinnacle of true diversity. There’s no “tokenism” in heaven. There’s no patronizing representation. There are just people, who are so wonderfully and beautifully different and yet equally valuable and entirely unified in their reason for existence. When I see this scene I not only see the beauty, but I see the pain and the toil. I see the pain it took to get them there. I see what Jesus went through to take the sin of separatism (among other things) upon himself at the cross. I see what it has cost those who had been abused, misused and devalued because of a God-given feature of their humanity. I see the pain that was inflicted through good intentions, marred by inherent selfishness. In spite of all of that, I still see victory. I see God winning. I see humankind winning, and I see a clear target for us on this side of heaven to aim for.
It is in our aim for this vision of eternity that we crafted The Gospel And Diversity. With a church full of so many people from so many different backgrounds, from so many different cultures and tribes, and people speaking different languages; it is important that we come together and lean into the process of becoming one-people. That is exactly what we will be doing at our next “The Gospel And…” event, tomorrow night. We will be exploring many of the ways the world we live in has divided and devalued us because of our appearance. But, we will also be looking at the path the Gospel lays out for us to overcome these things.
If you have never been to TGA or if you have been to every event we’ve had, I want to encourage you to make a point to be there when we gather tomorrow night. Being part of a diverse church must go beyond showing up in the same room together on Sundays and admiring the collective beauty. It means coming together to put in the work that produces genuine love, genuine affection, and genuine unity. It is to this work that Mosaic Church is called, and it’s a calling we humbly embrace. Will you embrace it with us?
Please click the link at the bottom of this page to register, and if you’re not able to register, show up anyway. I can’t wait to see you there!