12/03/2016 - We Are All the Children of God!
“From one man he made all the nations that they should inhabit the whole earth…” Acts 17:26.
Acts 17 contains a visit from the apostle Paul to Thessalonica, Berea and Athens. In the last city, “he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols” (Acts 17:16). Athens was a cultured and educated city with philosophers who were known for their intellect, and for this reason, Greeks generally and Athenians in a special way considered themselves better than any other nation. Maybe their religion, inspired by the worship of so many idols, encouraged them to consider all those who didn’t speak the Greek language culturally inferior. When the apostle Paul was invited to speak about “his God,” he tried to present God to them as different than any other idol by the fact that He was the Creator of the Universe and that God made all the nations from one man to inhabit the whole world.
This statement, declared by Paul in connection with other verses of the Bible, tells us about the relationship between all people in the world. Regardless of our cultural background, the language we speak, the color of our skin, the level of education, or geographic area where we live, we are all created by the same God and descendants of the first parents – Adam and Eve. One day, pastor, speaker, author Tony Evans, said, “Racism isn’t a bad habit; it’s not a mistake; it’s a sin. The answer is not sociology; it’s theology.”
Jesus explained to His disciples that a sign that demonstrates that we are His followers, God’s children, is love. Love for anybody in any circumstance, under any condition. There is no situation in which we are excused from showing tolerance, acceptance and love to those who are different than we are. If we call God our Father, we all are brothers and sisters in Jesus, His Son and our Savior.
What a blessing, what a joy and hope are created in our hearts when we look at the picture described by the apostle John about those saved by the blood of the Lamb:
"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. 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.
You will be there, he will be there, she will be there, I will be there, not because we belong to a select and better-quality group of people, but because the Lamb saved us by His precious blood. Glory to God!