"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Monday, April 11, 2011

"... from every tribe, language, people & nation"

I couldn't help but think of this verse as our boat made it's way up an Amazon River tributary this past Sunday.  We passed village after village of a people contained to their floating communities and, despite having some of the more modern luxuries like clothes or the occasional radio, not that far removed from the indigenous tribes who reside deeper in the jungle. Keeping in mind that between the Amazon (Solimoes until it meets the Rio Negro) and the Rio Negro, there are some 6,000 miles of river, not including the various waterways.  Literally thousands of villages exist along this stretch with individuals just like the ones we met today. 

So, what's the point?  Well, most of you who read this blog can already appreciate the idea that we are all made in God's image.  That whosoever shall do for the least of these will hath done for Him.  That we are to "go ye into the world".  In other words, this is not an attempt to educate anyone on the importance of global missions.  It is just to say that when you experience an interaction like this, (and believe me, it could be just as easily across the street as around the globe), it creates excitement to consider the promise of Revelation 5:9.  That because Christ was slain for us, He brought forth all believers to worship Him.  That one day, all men, women and children given to Him will bow before the throne as one.

In a fallen world that clearly determines status by varying elements of possession, I was reminded today that the only possession which ultimately matters is that of eternal salvation.  John's revelation clearly portrays an equality among all humankind, His creation, and I still can't understand why anyone would wish to contradict God's position on the subject.  Anyway, Sunday along the Amazon River, pretty cool. And if there are any doubts, I can testify that a big smile, an approachable spirit and a Revelation 5:9 perspective will more than adequately translate any language. Give it a shot. (Maybe this IS an attempt to stir our inner missionary after all .....)

"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." - Revelation 5:9 

"From EVERY tribe.....
.....and language....
.....and people....
....and nation"

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