As I write this, my wife and I are on our final and longest leg of our flight to San Diego. We are taking a few days away from our normally peaceful and quiet lives (usually) to the hustle and bustle of the West Coast.
The plane is completely full and I am looking at people from everywhere, and many ages and languages and colors and walks of life, like on every flight. Since I don’t live in a large city I’m not used to seeing such a diverse group on a daily basis. We do travel a few times a year so this isn’t new, but I am reminded again of how different we all are, and yet how much we are all the same.
I have spoken to a few today in the airports and have learned where they are from, but I know nothing more of there lives, and probably never will. I do know one thing for certain; that ALL of us were created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27) ; and that we ALL have the same need for love and respect, which it appears, there is a universal shortage.
As believers, we know that we are saved by the grace of God; without His saving grace we could never stand righteous before God; but there is another kind of grace taught in Scripture…. Common Grace.
Whether a person is a Christian, or buddhist, or muslim, or an atheist, God still showers him, or her, with His common grace. The sun still shines on us all; we all receive the benefit of the beneficial rains and the cool fragrant Spring evenings; and the birds awaken all that will listen each morning. God is abundantly gracious to us all.
Since God favors All peoples with His common grace, shouldn’t you and I be just as gracious to all people? It may be only a smile as you pass them, a word of greeting as you stand beside them for a moment with a kind word, or a helping hand like placing a person’s luggage in the overhead bin. There are limitless ways to express it.
We may not agree eye to eye about our belief systems and our politics, and we will have diverse opinions from various ends of the spectrum; but if we don’t respect them and listen to them we will never be able to express ourselves to them.
The Gospel is the “Good News” of Jesus Christ; but it will not be received as good news to the hearer if we don’t treat them graciously as does our Heavenly Father. This is how God works through us, His people, to spread the Good News to the world. Our responsibility is to share it. The results are left entirely up to God.
We better get use to a diversity of people since that’s one of the characteristics of Heaven.
Listen to John:
“And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth” (Rev. 5:9-10).
May The Lord make us a loving and gracious people!!
Until next time, Lord willing,