Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful, and pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. (Col. 4:2-3)
From Genesis to Revelation we read, how the initial plan of God was to extend His blessing to embrace all the nations. He wanted to use the Israelite nation as a tool for this. Today, He has given the task of making disciples of all nations to His church. How can they hear if no one preaches. How can anyone preach if no one is sent. In the globalised world it may be easy to assume that others are doing the work. That the media takes care of everything. That the compassion ministries of other movements are an adequate tool to finish the task.
All these are opportunities and important tools and the world is and can be blessed through them. But as Paul exhorts the Colossian church to the goal-oriented prayer so that God would open doors for our message, also we can exhort one another for goal-oriented life and ministry. Together we are more. How can we pray together so that God opens doors and hearts of people to hear? How can we help other movements and organisations to accomplish the tasks God has put on their hearts? And how can we wake up our own churches in our own movements so that we don’t remain as passive spectators when others proclaim the mystery of Christ.
There is proclaiming to be done. Sending is urgently needed still today (Romans 10:13-14). Because the Heart of God beats for one thing: the people He has created so that we would worship Him!
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 in front of the Lamb.
…And in loud voice they were worshipping God. What is my role in advancing this goal which is on the heart of God? How can I participate in this?
The PEM organisations have set prayerfully the goals for 2020. In them the question is not about numbers or programs but about this heartbeat of God. In line with the biblical discipleship, we still need to go, send, pray, and reach those who are still without the wonderful news we have received! What if I was unreached? Would I not wish that someone would be like Paul, take the extra mile, submit his or her personal goals so that I could know: Jesus died for me, I can become a child of God, I am loved!
What if you were unreached?
Let us pray, send, go and work together.