I recently came across an article I wrote while I was in college - I had been thinking a lot about it because of something that I am calling "Project 2025" but I'll explain more about that a little later...
Do you ever feel like you are the only one doing anything for the Lord? Have you ever felt discouraged in what you are trying to accomplish because it seemed like no one else would help you? Sometimes the task before you is so overwhelming that you feel it can never be accomplished. So what if you are the only one out there? What if you have to "go it alone," you can stick with anything for a short time, right? You can last at least a month or so. . . .
Have you ever stopped to think about the enormous task that the Lord put before us in the Great Commission? Mark 16:15 states, "...Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." How is that possible? Recent statistics tell us that there are well over six billion people in the world, how can we tell all of them about Christ? Why would the Lord give us a command that we cannot obey? The answer is, it can be done if we will obey, because "Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it." (I Thes 5:24)
Many years ago, my grandmother showed me a statistic that changed my thinking about Christ's command to "teach all nations" (Matt 28:19-20). This statistic illustrated the amazing opportunity that we, as Christians, have to reach our world in our lifetime. Let me show you what I mean. Let's say that there is only one person in the entire world who has received Christ. If he talks to one person each day, leads them to the Lord and shows them how to tell someone else, he will begin to multiply himself as each person goes out and does the same.
Day one gives us one person winning one person, but day two has two people each winning one person. Now, on day three, four people can each win one person. At the end of only three weeks, over a million people will have heard the Gospel; 1,048,576 people, to be precise. By the fourth week, with each person going out and winning one more person every day, the number will pass one billion. That's right, in thirty-one days, 1,073,741,824 can be reached for Christ. Now, if they will each continue to reach just one person per day, in a total of only thirty-four days 8,589,934,592 people could hear the Gospel. That is well over our current (2008) global population of some 6.8 billion people.
So my question to you is, how many days has it been since you told someone about the Lord? When was the last time you even dared to leave a Gospel tract behind as you left a store or restaurant? On the other hand, how many people do you talk to every day about everything from weather to the next election? The Bible promises us, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved..." but that same passage reminds us of our responsibility by asking, "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Romans 10:13-14)
Thirty-four days is a very short time in the scope of eternity, but we may not even have that long before the Lord returns! "...The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest." (Luke 10:2) The task is great, but it is by no means impossible. If you will go, give, and pray, we truly can reach our world with the glorious Gospel of Christ.
Now you may be thinking, "It would never work that way. You can't expect to find someone every day that you can lead to the Lord, disciple, and train in a single day." Okay, maybe you're right. Maybe you wouldn't find a new person every day. Maybe they wouldn't come to faith in Jesus the first day you talk to them, and maybe it would take a while to disciple them and teach them how to lead someone else to Christ. But what if you tried to find one new person every year? Would that seem a little more reasonable to you? What if I also acknowledge that there is more than one Christian in the world already?
Let's say that there might be one million Christians in the world (out of a current population of over seven billion that's about 0.014% or roughly one of every seven thousand people). If each of them will make an effort to find just one person each year and talk to that person about the Lord, show them how to become a Christian, teach them about the Bible and train them to do the same thing, then by the next year the number of Christians could double. I think you know where I'm going with this... If the original one million plus the new one million did the same thing the next year, there would be four million. If that number doubled again, and again, and again, in ten years there would be over a billion Christians. In only two more years there could be over four billion Christians. By the following year - which would be 2025 if we start now - the number would exceed eight billion!! And guess what? The projected world population is expected to reach eight billion in the year 2025!
We have all heard people say that "Where God guides, He provides" or, "God enables those He calls" but how about putting that into action? You see, I firmly believe that every Christian is not only called, but commanded to reach souls for Christ, disciple new believers, and encourage other Christians to do the same (if you want to know what verses I base that belief on, Matt 28:19-20, 2 Tim 2:2 and Heb 10:23-25 are a good start). So I challenge you: find one person who is not a Christian and tell them about Jesus (don't only invite them to church - take your Bible and tell them yourself or get someone to go with you to help you tell them). If that person does not accept the Lord, try again if possible and find someone else as well. Once you personally lead a person to the Lord, start a regular time where you can study the Bible together and begin to teach them how to lead someone else to Christ (a great way to do that is to take them with you while you go to tell others).
We don't know how much time we have left, but we do know that Jesus could return at any time and it will be too late for many people to trust Him then. If we really believe in God, the Bible, Heaven and Hell, then we must put that belief into action and warn those around us of "the wrath to come." I think if we had even a small glimpse of the splendor of Heaven and the horror of Hell (and we do - in Isaiah 6, Revelation, Luke 16 and many more passages throughout Scripture), we couldn't help but tell everyone how to escape the judgment of God that the Bible tells us will await those who reject Jesus.
Second Corinthians 6:2 says, "...behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." Won't you please use this time that the Lord has given us as a day of salvation for those around you so that every person on earth can have the opportunity to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved before it is too late?
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world."