And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation...
I share this verse often with people when we sit down together and talk through their relationship with the Lord, their experience serving Him, and their attitude toward the people in their lives.
Let me tell you something about this verse: this will happen. Heaven will be full of people from every color and hue and language and culture.
The question is not “will this happen if I don’t do it?” This is the future, baby. Unchangeable.
The question is “What will I have to do with it?” What will YOU have to do with it?
The question I challenge a person to ask him/herself is: “how can I get IN on this?”
How does God want YOU to get in on this?
You won’t be in on it if you participate in church only for what you can get out of it. That misses the point. If you get anything out of it, it’s the by-product of obeying God. Happiness is not what you follow Christ to get.
Happiness is the by-product of living a life to serve other people.
If you’re depressed, lonely, or feeling isolated, then serve. Find someone somewhere to serve. Expect nothing. Expect to be treated like a servant. I PROMISE that you’ll begin to feel the comfort of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.