Matthew 9:37-38, … The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
John 4:35, Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
It has been said that 95 percent of the full-time Christian workers are serving 5 percent of the world’s population and 5 percent of the full-time Christian workers are trying to reach 95 percent of the world’s population. And may I say this, unfortunately, they are failing drastically!
God knows we need some young men and women with the pioneer spirit of the Apostle Paul. Where are the Hudson Taylor’s, William Carey’s, Adoniram Judson’s, David Livingstone’s, Amy Carmichael’s, and Glady’s Alward’s of our day? Men and women who are willing to GO where others refuse to GO and DO what others refuse to DO!
Romans 15:20-21, Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:21 But as it is written,To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.
2 Corinthians 10:16, To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand.
As I have often said, when it comes to reaching the world, especially the Unreached and Unengaged of our world for Christ, the Great Commission has become the Great Omission. Again, where are those who are willing to leave their comfort zone to make a difference where few others, and in some cases, no others, are willing to make a difference?
Where are those who are willing to go to the dark places? Where are those who are willing to go to the desperate places? Where are those who are willing to go to the difficult places. And yes, where are those who are willing to go to the dangerous places?
“If ten men are carrying a log – nine of them on the little end and one at the heavy end – and you want to help, which end will you lift on?” – William Borden
I like what Taube and Tolson write in their book On the Edge:
How could God tell us to “go ye into all the world” when He knew that there would be nations like China that would do everything in their power to keep Christianity outside of their borders? Is there an exception to God’s plan? What does He honestly expect the church to accomplish when China is doing the very best they can to keep the Gospel from entering their land. From persecuting believers to monitoring internet activity, they are fighting against the church in their quest to fulfill the Great Commission. The Bible tells us that our God “is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come unto repentance.” This is so important for us to grasp! No matter how many laws China passes, no matter how many missionaries they throw out of the country, no matter how many pastors and Christians are thrown into prison and persecuted, no matter how many walls they build, God still has a plan to get the Gospel to the people of China!
Where in our generation does that burning desire of the heart exist? Who among us longs to see God work in extraordinary ways? Who among us has a passion to see God glorified behind the closed doors of this world? Until we have young men and young women of God who are willing to do anything necessary to see God’s name glorified, there will be no city-taking. Until there is a generation willing to suffer, willing to bleed, and willing to die for the glory of God, there will be no conquering of the land God has promised us. We may watch walls fall and doors open, but it is our hearts that determine whether or not the cities of this world will be taken. … Is that desire found in your heart? I pray that it is. Windows of opportunity are every bit as inaccessible as closed doors if your heart is not seeking an entrance.
When it comes to serving in dark, desperate, desperate, and even dangerous places, I like what one female missionary serving in a Middle eastern country (99 percent Muslim) said, “God calls us to dangerous places because He loves people who live in dangerous places.”
The 10/40 Window may at times seem to be closed to the Gospel, but with God there are no closed windows. My personal opinion is that it’s not as much a problem of a CLOSED WINDOW as it is CALLOUSED HEARTS!
Just as there is a great physical wall that surrounds much of China, there is also a great spiritual wall that surrounds the country, that in many ways is keeping the Good News of Jesus from entering!
It doesn’t matter how high of a spiritual wall they build, with God’s help and our willingness, there will always be a way to scale the wall!
Pray for China and the rest of the 10/40 Window!!!
“The command has been to ‘go,’ but we have stayed — in body, gifts, prayer, and influence. He has asked us to be witnesses unto the uttermost parts of the earth … but 99% of Christians have kept puttering around in the homeland.”— Robert Savage