“And he [Jesus] said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).
What a joy it was to witness thirteen new missionary families and individuals being approved at the Baptist Bible Fellowship International meeting held at Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, this week. Hearing the testimonies of those who have surrendered to go and seeing the videos of the need around the world was a challenge as well as a great blessing.
But here’s the reality — the world population is growing at such a pace that, even with new missionaries going to the fields, we are falling behind in reaching the unreached with the Gospel. And here’s the really sad part — it seems that many in America who call themselves Christians are not burdened about the plight of those around the world who don’t know Jesus.
According to “Giving Research” by Empty Tomb, Christians in North America give, on average, 2.5 percent of their income to the church. Out of that 2.5 percent, churches in North America will give 2 percent of their budgeted monies to needs overseas. In other words, for every one hundred dollars a North American Christian earns, he will give five cents through the church to reach a world with urgent spiritual and physical needs.
Now, please understand that figure represents an across-the-board amount for everything that calls itself Christian, and good, solid, Bible-believing churches will give far in excess of that average amount. Still, does that not point to the fact that world missions is relatively unimportant for a vast majority of those who profess to know the Lord?
It has been said, “This world will never be reached for Christ with spare time and pocket change.” How true that is! If the Great Commission is to be carried out in our lifetime as our Lord intended, we need a fresh enthusiasm to pray, to give, and to go as the Lord calls us. We need to ask God for a fresh burden to see the fields that are white unto harvest and to respond to the call of God to be a witness for Him in the power of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 1:8).
Beloved brother or sister in Christ, our mission is STILL the Great Commission!