“After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne,and to the Lamb”
-Revelation chapter 7 verses 9-10
Unknown and Overlooked
Ever been lumped together with others, or overlooked?It produces the oddest sensation in the mouth and heart. Being overlookedbruises our pride, and leaves us with a strong desire to prove ourselves when we get the chance. It is instinctive to feel or tell oneself when we encounter these situations,
“I must do better than ‘so and so’”; and
“I’ll show them that they were wrong about me all along - I am important, desirable, loveable and worthy of recognition.”
This need to prove ourselves is what drives our ambition, and isat times lauded by some as a suitable motivation for excellence. We want to be acknowledged, affirmed and seen, because it makes us feel valued and valuable.
Nameless and Faceless Multitude
What is it then about Jesus, and His Word that makes us content with public anonymity? The sea of persons before the throne of God are from every tribe, nation and tongue on the earth. Not one name is mentioned. None of these who would have overcome tremendous tribulation has their story told at that point. But they don’t seem to mind that. They are caught up in the reality of Who they’re standing before and Who it is that sees them: Jesus!
As they take their stand before the sea of glass and gaze upon the beauty of the One whom their hearts have longed for, His worthiness melts away every desire for exaltation and competition. Their eyes have been opened, and they cannot deny Him.This perspectiveallows them the grace to fade into the crowd of lovesick worshippers (known only as “the multitude”) because not only can they be sure that He sees them (like He saw Hagar), but because they see Him!
Perceiving Jesus Rightly
Seeing Jesus correctly gives us the perspective to be joyful in the face of the sting of being passed over for promotion(again), or being denied the credit rightly due us.We live for an audience of one, and it is His affirmation, ultimately, that we seek and rest secure in. His “Well done, good and faithful servant”is and will be, sufficient.
Beloved, rest in His “Well done” today, and lock eyes with the One who sees youand knows your heart and efforts. Take heart in knowing that all of heaven is cheering you on. Lay down your right to be noticed in this life, and rejoice in the one who rejoices over you with singing.
Francesca is a daughter, friend, avid reader, attorney-at-law, and porridge connoisseur. She enjoys Jesus and fulfilling His purposes for her life on Earth.