Let every kindred, every tribe, on this terrestrial ball, to Him all majesty ascribe, and crown Him Lord of all!
[God our Savior] desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (I Tim. 2:4)
Sin had caused a falling out between God and man. Jesus Christ the Mediator gave Himself a ransom for all people—every race, every class. God wants men and women to go forth and experience first-hand the reality of His Truth, revealed in the Holy Scriptures, observed in history, in nature, and in the life of individuals. It gives God unspeakable joy when one chooses to stop groveling in the mud and mire of this world and invest his life in things above. An intimate relationship with God is available for the one who searches to find God’s divine truth, loving it, separating himself from deception, relying on the Great I AM. Such a one is a beacon of light in this dark world, heeding Matthew’s exhortation to “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).
When we choose to let our light shine, God can extend His love to lost sinners in countless ways. The disfigured Elephant Man was a beacon of light when he painted a picture to share His faith with Alexandra, Princess of Wales. The Rev. E. P. Scott, a man living in tune with God’s truth, brought the gospel message to the Naga tribe in India with a hymn and a violin.Don Richardson helped the Sawi cannibals in New Guinea understand that Jesus is the perfect peace child. When they understood this, they no longer practiced the tradition of child sacrifice. Bruchko introduced the Venezuelan Motilones to the Bible—God’s banana stalk, a legend this jungle village of warriors believed. He introduced Jesus through another legend concerning ants (people) and a giant (Jesus). When we live our life in accordance with divine truth, we can become a lighthouse bringing hope and safety to a dark, tumultuous world. In these examples, God uses a picture, a hymn, a tradition, a legend to let His light shine through individuals. Each of us has been given unique giftings from the Lord. That is God’s gift to us. What we do with those giftings is our gift to Him.
Are you willing to become a beacon of light, proclaiming the Gospel message in a dark world? -Whether telling your kindred—spouse, children, relatives—your neighborhood and co-workers or even to a foreign people on a distant mission field, won’t you lift up His name among those He has placed in your life today? “Let every kindred, every tribe, on this terrestrial ball, to Him all majesty ascribe, and crown Him Lord of all!”