When I was a little girl, I grew up abroad, in a country that is six hours away by flight from my country of birth.
I went to kindergarten at a small international school. There were children from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Bulgaria, Serbia, Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Tanzania, Sudan and Angola and others.
There was so much diversity and learning of different cultures and belief systems. One Lithuanian boy even answered my question about Jesus when I was nine and he was ten.
Later on, when I went back to the same country but in a different city. I went to an American based international school with students from Germany, Finland, Norway, New Zealand, Canada, Korea and others.
It’s like as if it is in my destiny that I’d meet people of many nations, and it’s always wonderful and amazing to get to know peoples of the many nations, and learn about the culture.
But it is more amazing to know what God is doing in their nations and tribes after Jesus saved me.
When I started going to college in the middle of nowhere Kansas, I met even more internationals from even more countries! I now have friends from pretty much every continent except…. Antarctica.
And then I went to Urbana 2012, a Student Missions Conference held in St. Louis every three years, after the first few in Urbana-Champaign in Illinois back in the 60’s and 70’s and that was like having a ‘heaven’ experience, because you have all 16,000 people worshiping God in different languages such as Swahili, Spanish and French, and we are all from all over.
It’s was like as if God was saying, “Look Julia, look at MY Heart for the nations….”
And God is there with them, His heart is for the nations, and God has chosen His main headquarters for these missions to be in the great nation of the United State of America.
What a privilege! What an honor! In a way, God has chosen the American Church to be co-heir in the work of Christ to spread the Good News of Jesus and of the Kingdom of God!
Isn’t that wonderful?
Even today, I am constantly reminded of God’s heart for the nations by meeting people from all over again and again so I might continue to pray for the nations from time to time and speak to those who are yet to be adopted by the Father through Jesus.
Jesus is so good. He’s not going to leave any stone unturned. Every little country and every little tribe is going to be touched by Him. That’s what He has promised. And His words are true.
The Bible is very clear that God’s heart is for the nations. One famous scripture that supports that is:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life,” John 3:16.
Also in Matthew 5:14, 13:38, 24:14 & 28:19, Mark 11:17, 13:10 & 16:15, Luke 24:14, John 4:42, Romans 16:26, Galatians 3:8, Revelation 5:9 and many other verses.
Please look them up so you’ll see these verses within context and so you will have the privilege and honor to meditate on the Word of God, by literally opening the Bible or looking it up online.
As you learn about God’s heart for the nations, we need to pursue God’s heart, (God’s heart for the nations is just one aspect of it, God’s heart is for many things in the Bible, including spreading the gospel to the nations), just like David did according to 1 Samuel 13:14 and Acts 13:22, consider what is God leading you to do in this aspect in your life.
Maybe He has been calling you to reach out to that Kenyan or Pakistani neighbor of yours.
Maybe He wants you or your small group to reach out to the Rohingya refugees in your city.
Maybe He’s been nudging you to ask your Korean or Chinese coworker to lunch.
Maybe He’s been telling you to get a bunch of your international friends for a cookout now that its warm in North America and Europe.
Maybe He’s asking you to go and be His voice in another country or continent with a Missions organization (don’t go alone, please) and maybe He’s gently leading you to invite your Taiwanese or Peruvian friend to church.
You can never imagine how much of a big difference it makes by learning little words from another person’s culture, how much your “Excusez-moi (excuse me!)” and “merci (thanks)”, or “Guten tag” or “Anyanghaseyo (hello)”, “Ogenki desuka? (How are you?)” and “takk (thank you)” would really bridge some gaps between cultures.
But it’s really nice to focus on one specific language.
Seek God’s heart for you in this aspect and just in general too. And as you learn to hear from God and begin to listen and obey His little nudges you’ll be led by the Holy Spirit for greater things.
When you are a child of God you are always worthy to serve Him and make disciples and spread the Good News of Jesus.
Never let the enemy take that inheritance and opportunity of stewardship and sonship away from you. It is a privilege to do God’s will.
As you obey God in this way you will begin to see the ways God is going to use you for stewardship and proclaiming His glory to the ends of the world and you will be amazed of the work of the Holy Spirit in this way and how He has used you to be a part of that work called The Great Commission.
Your Sister in Christ,
~ Julia A.
Julia A. is a prophetic author, who was saved 2011. She has written six prophetic messages to a church in Kansas and publicly shares on her website, Warrior Princess of God, her testimony about the faithfulness of God in the persecution she has faced. She realizes that God’s call for her is to recognize His heart for the world for the glory of His Son, Jesus Christ. For any questions, please reach Julia at Julia.A.A.B.Ministries@gmail.com