He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring[a] be.”
Genesis 15:5

READING: Genesis 15: 5, Genesis 22: 17

What makes a great nation in God’s eyes? It cannot be a geographical  location or a common language or culture; or some great nationalistic  achievement – for all of these we saw in play at the Tower of Babel (Genesis  11).  

No, a great nation is formed from people that God chooses and who  respond to His offer of salvation with faith. It is these people that God turns  into His nation. The father and leader of this nation is someone who puts his  trust in the promise of God and acts as the example to all those who wish to  be part of the people of God (Romans 4: 11-18). 

There is such a nation and we are all part of it. It is a great nation that  transcends culture, language and geography. It is a nation that God said  He would make and that would number so many that it would be like “the  stars in the heavens and the sand on the seashore”. It is from this place of  faith in the wonderful provision of God, the sacrifice of Christ Jesus, that we  all find our sense of belonging in the one family of God. The Church, it has  been said, is the biggest people group on the planet (Ephesians 3: 3, 1-6).  


Thank you my Lord for choosing me to be part of your people. Thank  you for all my brothers and sisters from all races and cultures all over  this country and the world. Thank you that I can celebrate our diversity  yet enjoy the unity that we have through faith in Christ Jesus.