2000 years after Jesus walked on Earth there are still 2,700 unreached people-groups. 3 billion people have never heard the gospel. There are 2,252 languages without one verse being translated from the Bible. Meanwhile in China there are more evangelical Christians per capita than in Europe which was the cradle of Christianity.
How is that possible when Jesus gave an obvious command in which He determined the life-purpose and priority of every believer: “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mk 16:15) Jesus not just gave a last desire before He went to Heaven, but He gave a life-purpose and a task, a mission to all of us. (I’m surprised to see how many Christians are living their life without any purpose or following wrong purposes and priorities.) Where ever you are, what ever you do you have a God-given purpose, task and mission to advance the proclamation of the gospel in the whole world to the whole creation.
In the ministry of YTL we reach appr. 45-50,000 people each year. Is it good enough? Let’s calculate together: the population of Hungary is about 10 million. It would take 200 (!) years to reach the whole nation with the gospel with this paste. And than there is the whole world. We can’t lay back, we have a great task ahead of us.
Jesus never gives a command that He doesn’t provide the power for it and what He doesn’t hold us accountable to it. The goal is overwhelming, but the resources are overwhelming as well: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses.. to the end of the earth (the whole world – again!)” (Acts 1:8). If someone has the Holy Spirit that person will become a witness. If someone is not a witness, than that person is not fulfilled with the Holy Spirit. We have a divine command with a divine power to proclaim the gospel to every person in the whole world. God’s people just simply ignores this (it’s obvious from the data above). We should submit everything to this purpose and priority! We all should start our day with this question: “What do I have to do in order to help us get closer to everybody hearing the gospel everywhere?” How will our work, our profession, our relationships, our financial decisions, our time-management help everybody hearing the gospel? Everything we have we got it from Him to represent Him in this world!
What did you do with your life-purpose that Jesus gave you? He resourced you and will hold you accountable for it.
Where can you start to fulfill your life-purpose? Pray every day for the sake of the gospel!
What should you pray regarding Great Commission?
We usually are praying for many good things when we pray for the Great Commission. We pray for revival, for resources, for opportunities, for open hearts, etc. All these are important and significant needs and we need to pray for them. But Jesus commanded us to pray specifically for one thing when we pray for mission: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Mt 9:37-38) Spiritual harvest can’t be mechanized. Spiritual laborers can’t be replaced with something else (strategies, projects, buildings, tools). The most important and valuable asset of the harvest is the laborer. Jesus doesn’t say that the “harvest is plentiful, but the money is few”, or “the harvest is plentiful, but the opportunities are few”, or “the harvest is plentiful, but the open hearts are few” – the laborers are few. The greatest need in the harvest is not money (although that’s what I feel most of the times), not the lack of opportunities, not the lack of tools, strategies, but the lack of envisioned, eqiuped, dedicated spiritual laborer. The most important factor in the Great Commission are the laborers. When Jesus saw the multitudes, he had compassion for them and He didn’t say that the multitude needs more money, or needs more jobs, or needs better health, but they need more spiritual laborers, who share the good news with them and shepherd them. The solution for the needs of the multitude – according to the clear direction of Jesus – is more laborers. It is His harvest that we can contribute to by praying for more laborers. The most important prayer you can say in the Great Commission is not to pray for more money, or for more opportunities, but to pray for more laborers.
Could it be that you are that laborer?