COVID-19, recent riots in Delhi, the global refugee crisis, war, famine and the list goes on. There are many crises in this world. Every year and decade, crises evolve and change. Some go away, new ones arrive on the scene and certain ones capture our attention more than others. No matter how severe a crisis is, I believe there is no crisis greater than having no Gospel access.
2.1 billion people are Gospel Deprived. This means they have no access to the Gospel. They have no opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel, not even one time. While the spiritual lost in America’s Bible Belt are equally lost and need to hear the Gospel over and over, they are different. They are different because they have Gospel access. The 2.1 billion spiritual lost souls I’m referring to do not.
This. Is. A. Crisis!
I’m not downplaying other crises. They are very real. People are in pain and the body of Christ should be fully engaged with those facing crises in all parts of the world. But, comparatively speaking, there is no greater crisis than the crisis of a person dying apart from Christ having never had the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel message.
When I look at the make up of the church globally, I see a few realities that cause me to pause and scratch my head. Like no other time in history, the global Church has more than enough manpower and resources to take the Gospel to every nation, tribe and language. Yet, after 2,000 years since the body of Christ was birthed, 47,000 people die each and every day never hearing the Gospel message because, however you want to spell it out, the body of Christ has not taken the Gospel message to every nation, tribe and language.
Matthew 28:19-20 is clear yet here we are. 47,000 people entered a Christ-less eternity with zero Gospel access yesterday, today and more will enter it tomorrow. Sadly, that number will continue unless the whole Church gets serious about the Great Commission. This Commission was not given to a select few. It was given to all who follow Jesus.
I know there are a myriad of reasons why so many people have no Gospel access. The reasons are vast and complex. Yet, it’s still a command and Jesus wasn’t speaking in hyperbole when He said “All” nations. He was being literal.
As the body of Christ in the 21st century, we have an incredible opportunity to leverage the resources and manpower God has given the global body of Christ to ensure every person in every corner of the globe has the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel.
The question is, will you be part of it or will you ignore the words of Jesus?
There are many avenues that provide a plethora of opportunities for you to be involved so don’t get caught up waiting for a big sign that says go. Jesus already said go. The real question is how and where.
If you do not have an avenue or you are not aware of how and where to be involved, I invite you to check out silkroadcatalyst.com or contact me through the contact page so we can set up a time to talk. I’d love to help you discover how you can be part of taking the Gospel to the Gospel Deprived.
Steve Schirmer, President of Silk Road Catalyst and co-Host of Missions Talk. Least Reached Advocate. Dedicated to No Place Left.