I had the privilege to be at camp with some of our young people last week. At camp you meet all kinds of people. Some are short others are tall. Some are quiet and others never stop talking. Some are athletic and others are athletically challenged. Some are home-sick and others are happy to be away from home. There are all kinds of children (and adults) who go to camp.
Our world is made up of different kinds of people. Some speak languages I cannot understand. The customs of some of the people in our world are different—even their superstitions. Even the way some of them dress is somewhat different.
All of this is okay. Wouldn’t it be boring if all were the same? If everyone spoke the same language what would we get accomplished? Much you say? In Genesis 11 everyone spoke the same language. They decided to build a tower to God, to the very heavens themselves. Though they spoke the same language they were doing something God did not approve of. So, speaking the same language was not good.
Even though we have different things in our world, some things are important. One of those things is that everyone hears the message of God and turns to Him. The gospel is described as "good news". The good news is that Jesus came into our world and died for our sins so that we could live with God. The New Testament tells us what we need to do to become Christians. Read John 3:16; Luke 13:3,5; Acts 8:37 and Acts 2:38. When we do these things we can walk with God. Of course, after doing this we must be faithful to Him, Rev. 2:10.
Paul told the Thessalonians that Jesus would be coming back to take vengeance on those who do not know God and who do not obey the gospel; 2 Thess. 1:7-9. God has prepared the way for all mankind. No matter their language or customs or whatever, our obedience to Him is the most important thing we can ever do.
I’m glad we have our differences. I’m glad also that we can all be one in Christ. Let’s each one prepare ourselves by doing the above things and also prepare our loved ones.