Often when we look at the needs of people and nations around the world, we immediately think of poverty, disease, conflicts and starvation. These are real and cannot be ignored. At the same time, Paul saw an immeasurable need and describes it in Romans 1.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So, they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things” (1:18–23).
“The need of the nations who do not know the name of Jesus is an immeasurable need. It is an infinite need. The greatest need that can be imagined is the need of the nations to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and believe. Because the gospel of Jesus “is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (1:16), no one is saved without it.” (John Piper, A Holy Ambition to Preach where Christ has not been Named, Desiring God, 2011, page 18).
We can only see needs in this way if we have walked close to the heart of God as Paul did. It is absolutely possible and will change our passion for getting the gospel out to the nations quickly.
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