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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Thoughts on the International Day for the Unreached

I've been thinking a lot about the word Equity recently. Equity is defined as "justice according to natural law or right." As we remember all those who have never heard the Good News of Jesus on the International Day for the Unreached, we have to ask ourselves this question. "Is it someone's right to hear about Jesus and His great sacrifice to redeem us from our sins?"

Millions die every year without accepting His grace, so was God unfair to them? Here are some things we know:


These passages encourage me that God is a just God. He judges equally and gives opportunity equally. And he takes many approaches to engage those who have not yet heard.

So why are there over 2 billion who have never heard Jesus' name? Well, here are some thoughts:
  • Many are deceived by the Devil and are living in a cloud that doesn't allow them to see what God desperately wants them to see. 
  • Others have decided to make their hearts hard and resist the truth. Remember that God gives us free will and allows us to make that choice.
  • Others will hear when we obediently tell them and are waiting for Christians to respond. 
  • But all have the opportunity to consider God's truth if they seek it out.
So, on this day of raising awareness for the unreached, the main response on our part should not be guilt that we have not done more. It should be...
  1. recognition that God is just, fair and loving.
  2. thankfulness that our God is a diligent and persistent Savior.
  3. commitment to joyfully and obediently respond to God's leading in engaging the unreached. 
It is fitting to end with this passage from Isaiah:
"he says, "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth." Isaiah 49:6

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