By Juan Carlos
God began by making one person, and from him came all the different people who live everywhere in the world. God decided exactly when and where they must live. Acts 17:26
We live in a world with many different kinds of people. Your neighborhood, school and city probably reflect this. Multi-cultural ministry expresses the church diversity in terms of nations, tribes, and languages. Everyday we see more and more people from different countries moving into our cities, towns, and neighborhoods. Tim Keller states that five million new people move into the big cities every month (Center Church). In other words, this world is becoming more and more multi-cultural.
Today, thousands of God's elect from different nationalities may live in your city or town. The key question is how the Church of Christ, those that are called to "proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9b), can share Christ's love in a multi-cultural society? When we flesh out the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 2:22-23), a unique door opens to "make a defense to anyone who asks you for the reason for the hope that is in you" (1 Peter 3:15).
The Apostle Paul states, "God decided exactly where and when they (every person in this world) should live" (Acts 17:26 b). It is not a coincidence that you have someone from Mexico, China, India, or from another country living in your neighborhood. God, in His care and providence, has brought international people close to you, so His mission can continue being accomplished (Revelation 7:9). God's invitation to you and me is to be intentional in proclaiming the good news when building relationships with those that are from nationalities different than our own. Benjamin B. Warfield said, "when the whole course of the gospel shall be complete, and shall be surveyed from beginning to end, it will be found that God's elect, or Church, is 'a great multitude which no man can number, out of all nations, and kindreds, and peoples, and tongues,' and that their voice is as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, 'Hallelujah, for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth" ("Are They Few that Be Saved?").
When was the last time you shared Christ's love with someone different than you? Maybe now is the time to heed God's call.
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