I visited Milan, Italy home of the first city to offer “freedom of religion” to Christians in 313 AD. Was I possibly walking on the same ancient stones as those brothers and sisters in Christ?! Did anyone around me realize the history of this place?
So many people from every nation passed and pressed. I thought of standing on a corner and shouting, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!” Instead I walked and prayed and wondered about the sea of souls. How on earth, does God keep track?
“And no creature is hidden from God, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to Whom we must render an account.” Hebrews 4:13 NET
God sees everyone… and everything. Nothing is missed. And somehow each one is given a chance to know Him.
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 NET
The Word in this city shouted to me in pictures – beautiful carvings of every story from scripture. Incredible works of art telling mankind’s saga from Eden to the Resurrection. Since I couldn’t speak their languages, I prayed for those taking photos to really see!
“ O, that today you would listen as He speaks! Do not harden your hearts.” Hebrews 4:7 NET
It was moving and frustrating all at the same time. I wished I could see a glow above heads of those that call Jesus, Lord. I realized, all at once how very very big the world is and yet God is not overwhelmed by our masses. He made a way:
“For there is one God and one Intermediary between God and humanity, Christ Jesus, Himself human, Who gave Himself as a ransom for all, revealing God’s purpose at His appointed time.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6 NET
“LORD, help me be about Your business wherever I go. Open my ears and eyes to see what You are doing. Use Your people all over this great big world so that more can know You!”
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