The Gospel is the Mission
I’ve been thinking recently about missions—which is the work of bringing the true story of Jesus where it hasn’t been, or where it currently isn’t.
According to Joshua Project (an incredible resource on global missions), 3.23 billion people in our world are currently unreached. An unreached people group is “a people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group without outside assistance.”
Another way to look at it is this: there are at least 3 billion human beings around this globe who will probably live and die without ever hearing the true story of Jesus—the gospel.
Over 41% of the earth’s total population might very well never hear the gospel…unless someone goes to them.
Every time we share the gospel to a child, man, or woman, in a way they can understand, we open the doors of heaven for them to enter. Every time we share the gospel with someone who’s never heard of Jesus, we give them the opportunity to change their eternal destiny. Every time we share Jesus with anyone, we prove and give God’s love and our love to them.
All of this makes me think, “Do I really believe the true story of Jesus?”
If our Spirit-filled hearts don’t ache at the fact that 3 billion human beings might never hear the gospel, then we should ask ourselves, “Do we really believe the gospel? Do we believe that everyone that is without faith in Jesus is guilty before God, and is thus headed to a terrible eternity without him? Do we believe that anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord in faith will be saved, and live with God in joy for eternity? And do we believe that of those 3 billion who don’t know Jesus, it takes someone to share Jesus with them to give them an opportunity to believe?”
I don’t live in an area of the world (Canada) where faith in Jesus results in probable death. Even though I, or other Christians who live around me, may be abandoned, mocked, looked down upon, and/or mistreated for our faith in Jesus, we don’t face what others in this world face when they make the life-altering choice to believe the gospel of Jesus.
Because of this, to publicly profess faith in Jesus in my part of the world isn’t terribly risky. Again, I’m not saying there’s no risk—I’m just saying the risk is lighter compared to other parts of the world.
Why am I bringing this up? Because it could be that for some of us, we’ve professed belief in the story of Jesus without asking ourselves if we really believed.
Do we really believe the story of Jesus?
I’m thankful our God is a God of grace and compassion—a God who takes us by the hand and leads us into a clearer and more true faith in the story of Jesus. Believing in the gospel is a journey—a journey where we progressively grow in grasping the true story of Jesus in the mind and heart.
I will grow in conviction and assurance of this true story of Jesus as I entrust my life to him.
You will grow in conviction and assurance of this true story of Jesus as you entrust your life to him.
Lastly, you and I can daily pray for a clearer faith in the gospel, asking that our hearts would ache or ache more for the 3 billion in this world who’ve never heard so that we’d do all we could to see Jesus known and believed around this globe.