Or in the jungle. Or in the Muslim country. Or wherever. You know, the hypothetical guy that people worry about when wondering whether God is fair if everyone doesn’t get an adequate revelation about Jesus.
For many it is an honest desire that the Gospel go to all people. For others it is a rationalization for the false teaching of universalism, where everyone goes to Heaven regardless of whether they know of or trust in Jesus. For others it is an excuse to rebel against Christianity.
I have good news: The real God is sovereign. No one seeks him on his own, but if God makes him spiritually alive then he will not only seek God but he will find him. As Acts 17 notes, God knows exactly where everyone is. No one will face God and be able to offer excuses.
Acts 17:26-27 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
So if you are concerned with the hypothetical character noted above, you have a lot of options in which to channel your energy:
1. Pray for them (Matthew 9:37-38 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”)
2. Go see them yourself and share the Good News.
3. Donate to organizations like International Cooperating Ministries that build churches around the world. $10,000 will build a church for a congregation of ~100 people that has committed to start 5 more neighboring churches.
4. Donate to organizations like Faith Comes By Hearing that get the word of God out to people in over 600 languages via audio Bibles (Praise report: A mission team just took the first batch of Kimeru language Proclaimer audio Bibles to Kenya. Many people will be hearing the word of God for the first time!)
5. Support Stand To Reason or other excellent Christian apologetic organizations that help equip people to defend the Christian faith in a winsome and effective way.
6. Trust in God’s sovereignty.
But whatever you do, if you claim the name of Christ then don’t act as if He isn’t perfectly just.
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Good points Neil. Let’s also remember that all creation speaks to Him (Romans 1:20 and Psalm 19:1-3) and when it’s necessary, God sends a person to handle the situation (Acts 8:26-40). I’ve always thought those verses in Acts show God’s use of the transporter. “Paul to God, beam me up!”
(Philip, Randy, not Paul. But I love that story, too.)
I read one account of a missionary that went to a remote tribe in a remote place. When he told them of God and His Son and their need for Him, the response was immediate and widespread. Later, the missionary asked the elders, “Why did you respond so quickly to the Gospel?” They told him, “God told us you were coming with important news for us.”
I figure God can do what He wants however He wants. But, then, that’s just me and my silly “Sovereign God” view.
Phillip, Paul, they both look alike to me 🙂
Of course you’re right, thanks for the correction. And hopefully, people will overlook my poor attempt at humor…
I really like your “silly ‘Sovereign God’ view.” But that’s just me too… and the Bible. 🙂
The longer I’m a Christian the more I enjoy God’s sovereignty.
Wow that is so good. It hits the point home that if we really worry…we would be obedient to the works of missions and evangelism.