Anyone with a heart for those who have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ – not even heard His name – fulfilling the “Great Commission” seems like a goal we can never reach. As we look at the numbers today; 7098 unreached people groups and of that number, 269 are unengaged with a population over 500, we wonder how the task will be completed in our generation or the next.
We must begin with accepting the authority of Scripture. Without this principle embedded in our souls, there is no reason to aim at such a large task. With agreement in the authority of Scripture, we can accept that Matthew 24:14 will be accomplished; “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” The timing is not the point. The fact that God is sending out workmen into these fields is the point we need to focus on. Do we have the heart for being sent?
Trying to gather enough resources together in not the issue either. What is need in the Church today is willing hearts. Listen to the intention of Paul’s heart: “I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation” (Romans 15:20). Paul was not saying that he would preach to all who had not heard, but it was his ambition and “earnest aspiration and goal.” He left the numbers and the “how” to God.
As we have proven in this ministry, God supplies what is needed as we set our hearts on following the biblical model and Paul’s method. There are around 800 churches in the world for every unreached people group. If only one or two churches in each 800 saw the need from God’s perspective, the task could be finished very quickly. What is your ambition?
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