What makes the difference? There are many reasons, but I want to point to one in this blog that I believe is extremely important. Paul put his ear on God’s heart and knew those divine feelings toward men and women who are lost; “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions…This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1–4).
For this reason, Paul’s life was consumed by preaching the gospel to those who had never heard (Romans 15:20-21) and establishing churches that would do the same. I will boldly say that there is no other method as effective as this. As you have read the statistics in the last few days, they should make us want to put our ears on God’s heart and hear His passion for people.