IT’S ABOUT THE ONE
Missionary service does not seem as popular a message from pulpits today. Yet the Bible reveals that people are destroyed because of a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6a). Millions upon millions are perishing without Christ – eternally destroyed – yet so many are unaware that this is so.
May pastors and leaders be bold to remind their flocks that Jesus has already said the primary calling for every believer is to go and make disciples. May the Lord of the Harvest once again lift the eyes of His Body to see that the fields are ripe for Harvest and the laborers are few.
Jesus taught us the priority of leaving the ninety-nine to go after the one (Matt 18:12-14). In this hour, may our hearts and resources once again be turned from simply tending the flock to actively seeking and saving the lost – especially in the unreached, never-heard-the-name-of-Jesus people groups of the world.
It was not that long ago that missions giving from Western nations supported more missionary outreach than ever in history. There was purpose in our God-given prosperity! But today, for every dollar of Christian resource given, less than one penny is devoted to reaching unreached peoples. That means that less than 1% of what the Lord has given His Church is being used to reach those who have never heard the name of Jesus.
WHAT IF… ?
What then can be done? Clearly, reaching the world for Christ is a massive undertaking and can seem overwhelming. But remember that Jesus only asks of us what He also enables us to do. So preaching the Gospel to every tribe, tongue and nation must be do-able!
Sociology studies reveal that an entire culture can be changed when just 2% of its people have a strong enough vision to act upon it. And what greater vision for any people or culture than the cause of Christ!
This means that if just 1 in 50 people in a village gets saved, and discipled to walk with Jesus and committed to share the Gospel – they can change their entire village! Just 100 in 5,000 could change a city; 1,000 in 50,000 could change their region. And so on.
Jesus makes His priority clear – but do we believe His Commission enough to act upon it with full-hearted commitment and zeal?
Please pray with us that the command of Christ to reach the unreached will become a priority for churches, denominations and individuals – that we will unify and work together, unto the glory of God.
God’s Spirit can easily inspire ways for this to happen. Here’s just one idea: There are hundreds, if not thousands, of denominations in the world today. What if someone reading this began to organize the denominations to “adopt” one or more unreached people group? Each denomination could then devote all of their missions’ resources, efforts and personnel to equip people who are best positioned to reach their adopted group – and easily accomplish the goal.