This topic is adapted from the The Jesus Renaissance YouTube channel.
God called us all to a life of diversity. He wants each of us to be welcoming of everyone regardless of race, social status, income, or age.
Revelation 7:9 After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb.
The image presented in this verse is a vision of heaven. God’s kingdom will be filled with people of every walk of life. Our lives should model this image, but they often don’t. Today we are going to look at some ways that we can begin to be intentionally diverse with our relationships.
Be Intentionally Uncomfortable
Oftentimes our default is to be a part of what is comfortable. This includes every aspect of life from where we work to where we eat. However, Jesus hasn’t called us to a life of comfort. He has called us to step out of our comfort zones in order to grow his kingdom. Look at Jesus as an example: he was homeless, he was ridiculed, he spent time with sinners, he was beaten, and ultimately he was killed. Jesus could have easily just spent his time judging people with the Pharisees, but he stepped out in faith and did things that weren’t comfortable. Our call as the body of Christ is not to be a monoethnic culture, rather we should be a church of every color, shape, age, language, gender, income level, etc.
Who You Are Is Not Normal for Everyone
We all have this mindset that who we are should be the norm for everyone. When we come across someone who is different from us and our friends we think they are weird. You have to understand that the way you do things or look at things is not the only way to live life. Simple things like the languages people speak, the food the eat, or how they relate to friends or family are all considered “normal” by the people who have simply always done it that way.
Stay in Relationship with Those Who Are Different
It’s awesome to serve people who need it, but don’t just stop there. Don’t leave that time of service and never look back on it. If you are feeling a calling from God you should be willing to place yourself in their world and serve more than just once. This isn’t something that you can just mark off a checklist. We should be forming lasting relationships with those we are serving in an effort to bring them to Christ.
Being intentionally diverse in relationships is something we are called to do. In order to truly model the kingdom of God we need to be in relationship with everyone regardless of race, gender, age, or other factors. Take some steps in your life in order to be more inclusive and accepting when it comes to the people you are willing to associate with. Jesus did.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- On a scale of 1-10, how good have you been at diversifying friendships?
- What are some things you consider “normal?” How might these things not be “normal” for other people/cultures?
- Read Galatians 3:27-29 and Colossians 3:11. What is God’s perspective on diversity?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.