Flags from numerous countries display bold colors. Unfamiliar designs and symbols give rise to a vast number of questions. How is that particular country different from our own? How do the people make a living? What language do they speak? Table displays boast pictures and items from around the globe. Our church's annual Mission Conference. For several days this week, we will be taking a look at our responsibility to evangelize the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Missionaries from Morocco, China, Latin America, and other regions will present their ministries. Some have been on the field for years, others are just beginning the deputation process. All have a common goal: to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of another country.
Most church members will not find themselves on the foreign field. Financial support may be the easiest way to get involved in world evangelism. Sending others who are willing to go, when we cannot go ourselves. Prayer support is vital. As we pray for the missionaries we support, we begin to care about their needs and take a more active role in their ministry.
Christ's command still stands today, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15; KJV). The heartbeat of our Savior is clearly heard in the familiar words of John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." These words echo in my ears as I contemplate the recent devastation in Haiti. No doubt there were people in that country who did not have the opportunity to hear the gospel. How tragic!
Devastation has a way of putting things into perspective. What is really important? Having a relationship with Jesus Christ. In light of this reality, what can I do to get His glorious gospel to others who have never heard it? I can give, and I can pray, and maybe, just maybe, I can 'go'...
Yesterday, as I listened to the compelling presentations of the missionaries, my eyes went once again to the colorful flags, each representing a different people group. I thought about the flag counter on my site that faithfully records each country my 'readers' represent. The internet is an amazing tool. It's mind-boggling that this one medium has exponentially multiplied the opportunities I have as a devotional writer to reach people in every part of the world.
Over the past seven and a half months, people from thirty-five different countries have visited my blog. I never would have believed it, had I not added the flag counter tool to my site. What an opportunity to share God's Word and point others to Him. Although I can't physically 'go' to each country, my words can 'go' across the internet to other countries and testify to His saving grace.
Have you thought about world evangelism? What is God asking you to do? Can you give? Will you pray? Maybe you can go? Seek Him today!