Continuing from my last post, the New Testament, especially the words of Jesus, gives us insight into what God’s purpose for our lives is.
Because God is meant to be glorified, we are meant to bring him glory, along with all the nations.
A few words from Jesus that recognize the importance of God being glorified in all of the world include:
“My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” (Mark 11:17)
“… this Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)
“… go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
“As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21)
“… repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name for all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:47)
The task at hand did not change. All the nations still needed to be reached in order that God may be glorified. Jesus himself recognized the importance of this, and he even commanded that we take part in this mission. He even says that the end cannot come until the unreached are reached, until Jesus is spoken throughout all of the world.
The question now is: Why are there so few people doing it?
Here are a few statistics for you to wrap your minds around.
73% of missionaries go to countries that have many Christians and an access to Christianity.
24% of missionaries go to countries that do not have many Christians but do have an access to Christianity.
3% of missionaries go to countries that do not have Christians and do not have access to Christianity either.
This means that the areas that need the most church planting, the most discipling, the most workers for the spread of the Gospel actually have the least amount of missions workers. Only 3% attempt to reach the unreached.
Even sadder is that 87% of the money given by Christians goes to the first group of countries, 12% of the money given by Christians goes to the second group of countries, and 1% of the money given by Christians goes to the last group of countries.
What this basically says is that the unreached have the least amount of missionaries and the least amount of resources being invested towards them.
There are 2.3 billion unreached people. Unless things change, 2.3 billion Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, the unreligious (especially in China), and believers of tribal religions in the 10/40 window will never hear the amazing news of what Jesus has to offer them, how he died for them and how they can have eternal life spent in worship and in perfect unity with God.
Like Paul says in his letter to the Romans, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ ” (10:14-15)
Whose responsibility is it- theirs or ours?
I pray that things change. Like God, we should be aiming for a Revelation 7 future:
“… there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before 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.’
… ‘they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst… For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’ ” (Rev. 7:9-10,15-17)
Think about what this means for your own life, what God could be calling you to do.
So many say that you should first feel called to go to unreached people groups, but if this is true, then shouldn’t those who aren’t called overseas feel called to stay? How much more this world could change for the glory of God if the body of Christ, the Church, would dedicate itself to such a cause- the salvation of lost souls.
My challenge for you is to figure out what to do now that your purpose in life has been figured out for you.
Donate? Go overseas? Start a Bible study? Strike up conversations?
But whatever you do, remember the power of prayer.
For such a large task at hand, we need to be in tune with our even larger God.
Now go seek and ask.