If you and I have truly understood the love of Jesus for those who don’t know Him, then we will sometimes feel like Elijah did: left all alone with our concern for the world. We call out and urge believers to invest their lives so that others can hear about Christ, but our voices are so often drowned out by all the other activities going on in the Christian realm.
Most of these activities are designed to make life on earth more enjoyable and comfortable. … Sacrifice, suffering and intercession are largely unpopular in many of our churches, because they involve hard work and giving up comfort, time and money.
When we look at the world situation, we can hear Jesus say loud and clear in His Word: “As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21, KJV). Jesus is asking us to be in His place, to walk in His shoes, to become deeply concerned about all people and their eternal state.
I believe God’s heart is greatly touched by the cry of people on their way to an eternity apart from Him. Think of Ezekiel 22:30: “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none”(KJV).
There are people whom He is calling to stand in the gap and who are willing to pay the price. If you have answered His call, don’t get discouraged feeling that the job is so huge and that there are only a handful of people who share your burden. Remember, Jesus had only 12 disciples, yet they impacted the entire world.
We must never lose the freshness of the privilege the Lord has given us to share His heart and be concerned about those who don’t know Him. We are given the opportunity to pray, to give, to go, to send national workers and to make a huge difference for countless people for all eternity.
Thank you for joining us on this journey to make sacrifices for a world desperate to know the Lord. I hope the stories you have read in this issue of Rejoice! show you how God is impacting lives through gifts like yours. He is using you more than you can imagine!
Some of this material appeared on K.P. Yohannan’s blog on March 19, 2019. You can find the entire post at https://kpyohannan.org/2019/03/19/walk-jesus-shoes-prayer-unreached/..