21st March 2015
Martin Luther King had a powerful dream of people having the same opportunities, of children from different backgrounds sitting at the same table, equals in every sense: ‘I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.’ His dream mobilised many across the world and step by step changes have been made.
John had a vision full of the glory of heaven, which we read about in the book of Revelation, where there was unity and praise.
‘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. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”’ (Revelation 7: 9-10)
People of all nations, people groups and languages were worshipping God as one. Their focus was on King Jesus but something of their distinctiveness remained so John could see they were from different heritages, languages, nations. This is a wonderful illustration of the glory of the Saviour who has redeemed us from every nation and every situation.
We want to pray daily for God's will to be done on earth in just the same way it is in heaven. That means worship and praise, unity and diversity. All kinds of people together focused on Jesus. Sometimes that will be expressed as we gather on Sunday's – other times as we sit round tables sharing meals and hearing each other’s stories of grace.
Sometimes this will be easy, carried along by the Spirit; other times we will have to lift our voices for justice and defend each other in our broken society. But John's vision will be fulfilled.
Question to Consider
Who do you share meals with? Why not ask someone who comes from a different background or is in a different season of life from you round for a meal and share life together?
Pray for John’s vision to be fulfilled more and more as we worship together. Pray for our society that there will be justice and peace for all.
We hope you'll be able to join us tomorrow for Diversity Sunday. Come dressed for the occasion if you would like to - national costume or just Sunday best, although, of course, you are also very welcome to come as you are!
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham. The church has seen continued growth since the mid-1990s, both in terms of size and diversity.
As well as leading King’s, Steve hosts and leads Newfrontiers, a fellowship of apostolic leaders with hundreds of churches around the world.
Steve is married to Deb. They have three grown up sons and one grandson.