All people know God and all people reject God. All people are guilty before God, and all people are condemned for rejecting God. God has made a way of salvation for the lost, and people cannot come to God apart from faith in Christ. As a result, Christ command the Church to make the gospel known to all peoples.
If this is true, then the implications for our lives are huge. If more than a billion people today are headed to a Christless eternity and have not even heard the gospel, then we don’t have any time to waste our lives on the “American dream.” Not if we have all been commanded to take this gospel to them. The tendency in our culture is to sit around debating this question, but in the end our goal is not to try and find an answer to it; our goal is to alleviate the question altogether.
More than 500,000 people groups, totaling approximately 1.5 billion people are currently classified as “unreached” and “unengaged.” “Unreached” means that a people group does not contain an indigenous community of Christians with adequate numbers and resources to spread the gospel within the people group. “Unengaged” means no church or organization is actively working within that people group to spread the gospel. In other words, for these 1.5 billion unreached and unengaged peoples, almost every individual within them is born, lives, and dies without ever hearing the gospel. even worse, no one is currently doing anything to change the situation. No one.
This is a cause worth living for. It is a cause worth dying for. Its is a cause worthy of moving urgently on. We have the gospel of Christ in us, and we do not have time to waste. Some wonder if it is unfair for God to allow so many to have no knowledge of the gospel. But their is no injustice in God. The injustice lies in Christians who posses the gospel and refuse to give their lives to making it known among those who haven’t heard/don’t know Christ. That is unfair.
I find it interesting that one of the most common questions asked today among Christians is “What is God’s will for my life?” or “How do I find God’s will for my life?” Many Christians have almost assumed the attitude that they would obey God if He would just show them what He wanted them to do.
In the middle of a Christian culture asking, “How do I find God’s will for my life?” I bring good news. His will is not lost. The answer is clear. The will of God is for you and me to give our lives urgently and recklessly to making the gospel and the glory of God known to all peoples. The question, therefore, is not, “Can we find God;s will?” the question becomes “Will we obey God’s will?”
Will we refuse to sit back and wait for some tingly feeling to go down our spines before we rise up and do what we have already been commanded to do?
Will we risk everything-our comfort, our possessions, our safety, our very lives-to make the gospel known to all people?
Such rising up and suck risk taking are the unavoidable, urgent results of a life that is radically abandoned to Jesus.