Can we pause to consider the meaning of “unreached”?
When it comes to the global population, we can look at people in terms of two categories: those reached with the gospel, and those not.
Let’s just face the fact that there are people around the world who have never even heard of Jesus. We’re not talking about people who have heard of Him and rejected Him, but about people who have zero access to a Bible or to a born-again believer who might tell them about Him.
Now let’s just face the fact that unreached people, like anyone else who hasn’t received salvation, are on the road to eternal damnation. I just believe the words of God through Paul:
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
This is not comfortable. This is incredibly sobering. Yet the Lord has in motion a triumphant plan to redeem for Himself people from every nation. We know this because we know the ending:
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
The Lord, in all His sovereignty, is in control and is working out His plan to solve the immense tragedy I described above. One day, all the unreached people groups will be reached and individuals from each one will be purchased by the blood of Jesus for their good and His glory.
So now we can sit back with a sigh of relief and continue on with our lives, correct?
I propose not. And I propose not because we – born-again believers – are the means of His plan.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
How, then, can they call on the name of the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
The Lord is all powerful endlessly creative. He could use any means He wanted to communicate the gospel to the unreached. The self-sufficient Lord of the universe doesn’t need us. But He chooses to use us because He loves us. Being part of His plan is a blessing of the richest kind; it’s where our good and His glory are tightly knit together.
So would you consider today how you might be involved in reaching the unreached with the gospel?