40 Days of Compassion - Day 17 - Love and Disciple All Nations

Begin your time with God in prayer.
Praise God for who He is.  Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him.  Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.

"And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’?”  Mark 11:17a

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."  Matthew 28:19a

"So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.  And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers."  Acts 2:41-42

It is a beautiful thing when people from all different backgrounds come together and worship.  God’s desire is for His church to embrace people of all ethnic backgrounds.  In fact, we are commanded to make disciples of all nations. When Jesus returns and gathers His church, it will be a multiethnic church comprised of all nations.

Apply God’s Word to your life.
· What blessings have you received from being a part of a multiethnic church?
· What prejudicial thoughts (and we all have them) do you need to confess and deal with?
· What action can you take to be relentlessly biblical this week?  Reach out with love to someone from another ethnicity this week?

Father, I praise You for the beauty of our multiethnic church.  Help me to confront the areas of prejudice in my own heart.  Help me to think and act biblically.  Help me to see people like Jesus and love people like Jesus. Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.:  1 Peter 22-23

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