Privileged to listen to this sermon from Ray Ortlund, Jr on Revelation 7:9-10 entitled You Can Touch The World. The coming reality believers will know and experience in glory should matter today in the here and now. Here’s a sample from this sermon:
“…Our future changes our present. We can get up by faith today and walk out of the mental prison of fearful self-concern. You can be free from the grim and lonely fight for survival, because if you love Jesus, your future is as big as heaven. And until you’re there, God’s purpose for you now is as big as the world. In you shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
“…so there’s nothing small and inconsequential in Jesus, not even you. If you feel broken, and disqualified, and excluded–actually it’s better that way–we don’t need, boy, we do not need, more victorious Christians scolding defeated sinners. We need broken Christians in constant repentance confessing their sins and telling others where they can take their sins: to Jesus the Savior of the world, because He can take it. He can take it all.
“…so whoever you are, you can touch the world. And you don’t need this church to tell you how. You have the command of Jesus to disciple the nations. You have the power of the Holy Spirit. You have the wisdom of God in the Bible. You have God’s great plan with His purpose supporting you, His smile approving of you, His throne of grace available to you through prayer. You can touch the world.
(Starting at the 20:09 mark and ending on the 22:09 mark)