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Focus Verses: Revelation 5:9
9 And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
In John’s vision he sees the Lamb who was slain surrounded by the elders and the four living creatures as they worship him. The Lamb, they sing, is worthy of praise and worship because he laid down his life to save people from every people group. God's intention and plan is to save people from every people group. Jesus’ sacrifice was made for people of every race, ethnicity, nation, and language. God so loved the world that he sent his only Son that whoever believes in him might have eternal life.
Response and Action:
I need to be mindful that Christ’s love and sacrifice are for all people. If God's heart is benevolent toward all people regardless of ethnicity and culture, my heart, as I am being led and shaped by the Spirit, should be the same. I will raise my voice in praise to God for the salvation and hope he offers to all humanity through Christ. I will join God's redemptive intention and work for the blessing and salvation of all people whatever their race or nationality.
Thank you, O God, for Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Thank you for your grace and mercy to all people. Help your people to love and save and extend grace to all people. Help me to reach past every barrier of race, language, and culture in order to share the love of and redemption of Jesus with all people. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Acts 10:34-35
34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.
From Every People and Nation
by J. Daniel Hays and Donald A. Carson