While at Disney recently, our kids so enjoyed the “It’s a Small World” ride. If you have never had the “joy” of this, it is a boat trip through various animatronic cultures all singing the same song in different languages. Part of the song goes, “there’s so much that we share that it’s time we’re aware, it’s a small world after all.” Spiritually speaking, there is so much that we share because of Who made us and how He made us (Gen. 1:26-28). Here are some things that make it a “small world after all”:
There is no race or color of skin that is superior to another. Racism is absolutely sinful. In fact, the people that some want to look down on because of race, ethnicity, or social status — the Bible says are our kin because we all come from “one blood” in Adam (Acts 17:26). EVERY soul, “red and yellow, black and white,” is precious in His sight” (2 Pet. 3:9).
There is a common problem that afflicts all of us. It is not cancer, HIV, Alzheimer’s, or any other malady. True, those may afflict, but they are not common to everyone. What is common is sin (Rom. 3:10; 3:23). It is the disease that has been plaguing all humanity since Genesis 3. There is no man-made cure for this universal affliction.
All people of accountable age need the gospel. The gospel is for all. Into our hands the gospel is given. Jesus is God’s one solution for the common problem of humanity. In Jesus Christ, God has delivered the cure for the sin problem of ALL (Jn. 3:16). If every soul is valuable, and if every soul is afflicted with the same disease, and we have the cure for the disease, what should we do (1 Cor. 9:16)?
God loves us all. We ALL are His creation. We ALL are His crowning work of the 6 days He worked. Even if we do not feel of any worth or we have made such a mess of our lives, He does not put our worth in culture, age, race, sex, beauty, girth, or any other thing. He loves us and longs to bless like He has since the beginning (Gen. 1:28; 12:1-4). It truly is a “small world after all.”
Andy Baker, Graeber Road church of Christ Rosenberg, TX