In December 2001, the first Lord of the Rings (LOTR) movie came out in theatres. While I knew little of LOTR at the time, my college roommate was a huge fan. I agreed to accompany him to the midnight release at a local theatre. People kept streaming to this small theatre in eager anticipation. I had never stood in line for tickets before and I was stunned!
Perhaps it wasn’t The Lord of the Rings for you, but we’ve all been part of an event in which people kept streaming in. As I read this passage, I can’t help but picture the nations of the world streaming to Christ. His love, His law, and His justice captivate the world because He is good.
Our challenge as Christians in the Western world is getting lost in our 24 hour news cycle. In an era where war, death, and scandal sell, we can lose sight of what God is doing in our world.
When Jesus died and rose again, He had a few hundred true believers. Even around 1492 AD, when Columbus discovered the Americas, the world knew little of Jesus Christ outside of Europe. Today, thanks to the internet, the gospel moves forth more than ever before, spreading like wildfire across Northern Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. More people know about our Lord than at any time in history.
Jesus sits as King of all Kings on the mountain of the Lord’s temple and, friends, the nations are streaming to Him. Let’s help show them the way.
Father, we are inundated with bad news and it can look like Satan is winning the war. Would you lift our eyes and remind us daily that Christ has already won? We pray that all hindrances would be removed and that all nations would flow freely to our righteous King. Amen.
Go Deeper — If you find yourself getting caught up in bad news, begin looking for and writing down the good things you see from God. Take that list and use it as a launching point of thanks and praise to God for His goodness.
Read Further — Watch this Youtube video for a glimpse at what God is doing on a global scale. It follows the spread of Christianity through the centuries. Then read how you can help by supporting The Life Project
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