3/7. It may just be a fraction to you. 42%. Maybe you didn’t do too well in math in high school. What if I told you these weren’t just mere numbers, but these numbers signify the amount of people on Earth today that have never heard the Gospel? It just got real. What means a lot to you? What’s important to you? The 42% of people that will go to bed tonight having never heard the name of Jesus is important to me. It’s an important percentage. As a matter of fact, it’s rather alarming.
Have we failed? Has the church not done its part? Jesus gave us the Great Commission 2,000 years ago and it’s not the remembering of his words that’s important, but it’s the finishing of his command. For the past couple months, this topic has been on my mind. Knowing that the body Christ is made up of its different members (1 Corinthians 12:12), we have to consider our brothers and sisters in different countries that are persevering in the faith. But what about those in other countries that aren’t persevering because they haven’t heard? The passage of Scripture that comes to mind is Romans 10:14-15: “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” If we do not go, they will not hear. It is as simple as that. If the Gospel is not preached to the Loma people in Cote d’Ivoire, the Jogi’s in Pakistan, and the Wolio’s in Indonesia, they will live and die without ever hearing the name of Jesus. This breaks me inside.
I’m not calling everyone to read this to become a full time missionary. Jesus has called everyone of us to be “missionaries” in that we’re each called to make disciples of all nations. I know and understand the feeling of “What can I as one person do?” But would you pray? Would you pray for the 3 billion people living and breathing each day who are unreached with the Gospel? Would you pray that the Lord would send missionaries and to soften the hearts of the Yagnob people in Taijikistan, the Shihuh people in Oman, and the Bawean people of Indonesia to accept Jesus as their Savior? Do some research, find a ministry overseas to give your tithe to, fundraise to go on a mission trip with your local church. There is progress to be made that each believer can help in part.