I began pondering traditions, customs, habits; why we worship the way we do; why we gather when and where we do; does our dress and external appearance warrant the significance we place on it.
Here in India, we gather with believers from many different ethnic groups. All are citizens of India, yet within one church congregation there are members that are Nepali, Hindi, Bengali and South Indian. Some are dressed in traditional salwar suits, one lady wears a beautiful silk sari, others are in casual western style clothing.
The common denominator drawing them to this place on a rainy Sunday morning is their love for Jesus. Hearts are lifted in songs of praise in English, Nepali and Hindi. I know that God is pleased. The message is translated from English into Hindi, India’s national language.
This must be what heaven is like. People of all nations and tongues – praising the Lord with one voice that He somehow understands and delights in. “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….” Revelation 7:9a
We encourage you today to look past appearances, see the heart, and worship the Lord with His children.
The Journey Continues ~ Pat