As we sit in our temperature-controlled buildings each Sunday, relaxing in our comfy seats at a church – a striking reality is taking place all across the world that should shock us to the core.
It is estimated that a whopping 3.2 BILLION people have never heard the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
So, what happens to them? And where do they go?
Well, as the Bible clearly says if they die without knowing Jesus Christ – they will spend eternity in hell – forever separated from Him.
Here in America, we have access to the Gospel, or we will meet someone who will tell us about Jesus.
But not everyone in the world has that luxury.
With 3.2 billion people never hearing the Gospel, what are we to do?
According to David Platt, pastor of McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Virginia – we must all do our part to get the Gospel to them.
Speaking at the Passion conference to thousands of young adults, Platt convicted them to understand the seriousness of what happens to those who don’t know Jesus, urging them to not just coast through life as a “comfortable Christian.”
He reminded them about what following Jesus is about – and how His word should dictate every decision we make.
The Christian Post reported:
“To follow Jesus is to ‘let His worldwide plan of ransom rescue dictate everything you think, desire and do, dictate your plans, dreams, how you’re going to live, what degree you’re going to get and how you’re going to make and spend money for the spread of God’s great love in Jesus among the nations,’ the pastor stressed.”
Platt continued – “The Bible is clear. If you never hear this Good News, then you can’t believe it, and if you don’t believe it, you can’t experience God’s love and salvation from sin,” he emphasized.
“In other words, unreached people who are born and live and die without ever hearing the Gospel experience eternal suffering in Hell when they die.”
Convicting, yet true.
What does this mean for you?
That depends on what God is calling you to do.
It could mean taking your talents and serving overseas as a teacher or doctor, giving you access to unreached people so you can tell them about Jesus.
Perhaps you’re called to go on a short-term mission – or to spend a year abroad studying – where you’ll have the opportunity to reach those who’ve never heard the Gospel.
Or maybe you’re called to support missionaries, as many can’t go spread the Gospel without the financial support of others.
The important thing is to pray without ceasing, and stay in your Bible – so you can discern your role in living out the Great Commission.
Sadly, we often fall into the trap of wanting a “comfortable life” – not putting ourselves in risky situations, or where we’ll face struggle – or where we’ll be challenged to think differently.
Jesus has a higher calling for us and Platt’s words should challenge each one of us.
The Christian Post continued:
“I want to plead with you to refuse to do what millions of Christians and leaders of churches are doing in our country, to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to 3.2 billion people and thousands of people groups who have never heard the Gospel.”
Platt urged the crowd to avoid a Christianity that does not include evangelizing to the unreached.
“The purpose of your life in this world is to make the good news of God’s great love in Jesus known throughout this world. And you are not living if you’re not living for this,” he said.”
May we continue to seek God and to pray for those who don’t know Jesus.
With 3.2 billion people never hearing the live-saving good news of the Gospel – the need is urgent – and we must act.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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