34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.
The language was foreign but the tune was completely recognizable. “How Great Thou Art,” rang out in Thai and was joined in English. The combination was beautiful. I have seen this played out in many countries and it always touches my heart to hear the combination of languages worshipping God.
In this story found in Acts 10, Peter comes to realize that God was interested in this very thing. He wanted people from all nations and cultures to know Him. Peter, who was accustomed to the idea that the Jews were to keep themselves separate from those Gentiles, was going to have to do some changing. But this wasn’t news to Peter. Jesus had instructed His followers just before going to heaven to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). Whether Peter was being resistant or he just needed a little push away from the peer pressure of other Jewish people, God’s message was clear. Everybody everywhere is included.
Perhaps we may be a little like Peter. We may have a roadblock when it comes to being inclusive with the good news. We may even think that some people deserve compassion while others do not. But this scene in Heaven from Revelation 7:9 shows that there will be people from every ethnicity on earth worshipping together: 9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
This beautiful scene should realign our thoughts to His plan and purpose—showing love and compassion to all people throughout the world! Just think how it sounds to God now when a symphony of languages reaches His ears as they lift their hearts in praise. It is a reflection of what is to come!
Is there favoritism or discrimination in your life right now? If so, ask God to help you repent of this sinful attitude and be filled with His love for all people.