Thank you again for your encouragement as I traveled back to Europe to lead the 2014 Summer Assembly for the International Baptist Convention. It was a lingering commitment that I joyfully completed. The scene was amazing–believers gathered from all over the world, coming together to praise God and study his word. One night our worship leader made the connection with Revelation 7 that tells us that in the coming Kingdom of God all people from every nation, tribe, and tongue will come together before the throne of God and sing in one voice, “Holy, Holy, Holy.”
It is easy for us to become caught up in our own little corner of the world. We think of hearth and home and little beyond. When we do think outside of the walls of our houses, it is rarely beyond the interests of our own nation. My recent experiences in Switzerland reminded me of how often I fall into this line of thinking. As I listened to the stories and struggles of individuals from Brazil, Moldova, India, England, and beyond, I was convicted to remember my brothers and sisters abroad. We all should “keep up” with what is going on in the world, perhaps especially as it relates to our fellow disciples. What are their struggles and needs? Do we know? Do we care? Do we lift them up in prayer? To was ask only that “God bless America,” or do we ask his blessing for all?
I would encourage you to find out more about what is going on in the world, to pray about it deeply, and to ask God to show you what you might do for neighbors far away.