Every Nation, Every Tongue
We are getting settled here in Dallas, and classes have started. Lindsay and the kids are underway with their homeschool group, and we've started to make some great connections with people. It is clear to us that the Lord has gone before us and has made this a smooth transition for our family. Now, we're starting to explore the area and learn all about our new home town!
My classwork will definitely be a full load but it is only affirming that this is the path for me. Talking about language with people has been so fun. You can call me a nerd. That's fine. Pretty much every professor here has years and years of experience working with languages from all over the world. I'm excited about the semester ahead and for the fact that I get to join the work that they've been doing!
It has brought to mind a verse I share with people when I get the chance to present our Wycliffe ministry.
"After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb...crying out with a loud voice, 'Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!'" -Revelation 7:9-10 (ESV)
What a powerful picture!
One thing that has been overwhelming to us in our training is how each culture and language sees things so differently. Even when they look at the gospel of Jesus Christ, certain things are more clear and certain things hit home that we might not even notice. So when we think about the global community of believers, we see how different cultures bring a fresh perspective and a new joy to the full picture of the Gospel.
This has changed how I think of these verses. When we get to heaven, we will worship with people from every tribe and people and language. I believe we will see the gospel in a more full way than we ever could on earth. It is exciting to bring this good news to people that have never heard it. We get to introduce them to a story that was written by their Creator and introduce them to Jesus.
And so we get just a glimpse of heaven as we witness new languages receiving the gospel, but one day we will see it fully and worship with people from every language. How wonderful. How marvelous.
"For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known." -1 Corinthians 13:12 (ESV)