Over the past 20 years I have traveled outside of the U.S. on a number of mission trips. God has allowed me to travel to Hungary, Mexico, and Africa. There was an opportunity to go to the Land of Lottie, but SARS struck and the trip was cancelled. Why have I traveled? Because I feel the need for others to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have a passion to assist local leaders learn the Word when they do not have a copy of their own, or could not read it if they did! Casting Crowns came out with a song a little while ago entitles “Until the Whole World Hears”. I have included a video for you:
This is at the very heart of God. From the very moment of Eve and Adam taking a bite of the forbidden fruit, God has been at work through His people to let the entire world hear of his glory and come into a relationship with Him. As you can see, this is not a new concept. God called Abraham to be the seed of promise and restoration of humanity back to God. A nation would be born to serve as a light to the world. God wanted to use the lineage of Abraham to develop a people group that would relay God’s love, grace, mercy, holiness, and wrath in order to lead to potential re-establishment of the broken relationship. God worked through Isaac, then through Jacob. The twelve tribes of Israel would be the divisions of the promised land. God’s agenda is simple: bring the world to Himself.
As I have read through Deuteronomy, I came to the final speech of Moses. This is where he lays out the blessings for obedience and cursings for disobedience. In the blessings passage, we find a restating of this common thread of God desiring for the world to know Him.
9 The Lord will establish you as His holy people, as He swore to you, if you obey the commands of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. 10 Then all the peoples of the earth will see that you are called by Yahweh’s name, and they will stand in awe of you. 11 The Lord will make you prosper abundantly with children, the offspring of your livestock, and your land’s produce in the land the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.
I have noticed many of our missionaries signing letters with the phrase “Until the whole world hears”. While we know Jesus referenced the notion that His return would not happen until the whole world has heard in Matthew 24:14.
14 This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations. And then the end will come.
In His sovereignty, God has chosen to place the responsibility for the task of information dissemination to us. While I do not believe we can dictate to God. We must consider that the delay of His part for Jesus’ return is one of mercy. Have I shared the gospel to the fullest extinct? Do I go to the ends of the Earth? Do I help others go to the ends of the Earth? As sympathetic as I am for my neighborhood, each of them has had a chance to hear the gospel. There are thousands of people groups who have not heard even the very name of Jesus! What are we doing about them? What can we do about them?
Pray – begin praying the the message of God will have the ability to spread worldwide. Begin praying for those people groups that have not heard. I am not speaking of those who have heard. Let us begin praying for those who have not heard the gospel.
Pick – pick a group and pray specifically for them. You probably don’t know them. In fact, I would say you will not know them, but God knows them. Intercede on their behalf. Pray for God to stay His hand of eternal judgment so the gospel may be preached and faith engaged among the people.
Proclaim – find a way to begin a relationship with this people group. Strategize with International Mission Board personnel responsible for that area or affinity group. Work with your state convention missions group to begin this relational process. Begin to envision a time when you will be in the villages loving the people and sharing Jesus.
Until the whole world hears. This is the heartbeat of God. Make it yours.