We can do this! Christians today – in the Western world alone – have enough resource, technology and gifting to easily fulfill Christ’s Great Commission within a single generation (20-25 years) if we would simply unify and make it a priority (Eph 4:16).
You might be asking, “Well, what can I do?” It is true that no one of us can do it all; but each of us can do something.
First and foremost, we must pray. Jesus said: “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matt 9:37,38). Our Lord asks us to both go, and to pray for others to be sent. Pray, too, for God’s Spirit to be poured out on today’s generation. They desperately need the passion and purpose of God revealed for their lives!
At World MAP seminars, we always emphasize Christ’s Great Commission. Indigenous pastors are taught to not only make disciples, but to make a priority of reaching the unreached groups in their regions and to plant churches. Those who already know the culture and speak the language are often the most effective in their own harvest fields. So as you partner with World MAP in prayer and giving, you are equipping others who are right now reaching the unreached!
Be encouraged. There is more being done to reach the lost than we may know. A pastor raised in an isolated island of the Philippines moved to Manila for his education. He ended up receiving Christ and entering the ministry. He let us know that he was translating World MAP materials into his native tongue to evangelize and disciple his unreached island homeland. Wow!
At a World MAP seminar in Pakistan, a pastor heard the call. He wrote to us recently that he had packed up his family and moved to Thailand as a missionary. He has planted one church, and will soon plant another!
Use your influence to influence others to get involved in missions. Talk to your friends, your pastor and fellow believers in your church. Be bold, for you are only asking of them what Jesus has already asked of them! Support ministries that emphasize taking the Gospel to unreached peoples, or that actively equip others to go to the unreached.
These are the greatest days of Harvest opportunity the world has ever known. So while it is yet day, may we do our utmost to be about our Father’s business and fulfill Christ’s command. May we rise up to pray, give, go and help send others.
For truly, if we will heed the call, one day, “This gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matt 24:14). Now that really will be a great and glorious day!
by Wendy Parrish