10. The whole world worships.
There are few things I have experienced that are more beautiful than worshiping with others in a language not my own. More often than not, when I experienced this, I was on a mission trip. I am so grateful for the experience, but I also appreciate this reminder from John Piperin Let the Nations Be Glad, “Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more.”
When the tongues of many nations join together to praise the one who has ransomed souls, there are few things as beautiful. This experience gives us a glimpse of what heaven will be like. When cultural differences no longer divide or cause barriers in communication, when all believers will be together in perfect unity, and when all temporary work of the church has ceased, the whole world will worship simply because of who God is. There is nothing better than knowing him, and every culture will one day fully know this truth; but for now, we leave our own cultures because “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us,” (2 Corinthians 5:20)
Chara Donahue is a co-author of the Bible study 1, 2 & 3 John: Experiencing Transformation and is working on her next book. She enjoys serving as a biblical counselor, speaking to women, and savoring coffee when her four kids are out playing with dad. She holds an MSEd from Corban University, is passionate about seeing people set free through God's truths, and is the founder and editor of Anchored Voices. Get in touch with her on Facebook or Twitter.
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