6.5 Billion! Mind-blowing, isn’t it? How can we possibly be expected to bring the good news to all those people? Illogical! Unreasonable! No way! Staring at the overwhelming task, we’re tempted to opt out. And yet, Jesus says, “Do it.”
Okay, so let’s ask ourselves, would he give us a command without also giving us everything we need to obey it? Not likely!
Best of all, we have the presence of God Himself. When Jesus sent us into our world, he promised “I am with you always.” In this battle for the hearts, minds and souls of humanity, we’re outnumbered big time. But, as king Hezekiah learned, God is there to fight our battles (2 Chronicles 32:7,8). Whew! I’m glad success doesn’t depend on human might or power!
I cheer for churches who choose not to turn away from the task. I applaud those whose vision includes our affluent but troubled neighborhoods and depressed and desperate streets. Here’s the reality: lost people live in both places.
For “missional” churches, this reality creates resolve not just to send missionaries but to be missionaries; to shine the light of Christ into the dark corners, cracks and crevices of every socioeconomic stratum. Yes, people in Africa, New Zealand and Australia need the gospel, but no more than our neighbors and the folks we interact with daily.
Jesus calls us to chip away at Satan’s territory, one crusty, grimy inch at a time. Slick marketing techniques won’t cut it. Clever inventions will never do the job. This gargantuan mission is possible “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty (Zechariah 4:6).
He calls on us as fellow laborers to do His work with His message…His power…His presence.