According to the Instructions from our Lord Jesus Christ, the gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ was to be first preached in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and then to the entire world. But has this come to pass?
According to the report of Status of the world evangelization of the year 2020, it is estimated that out of the total world population of 7.75 billion only 0.78 billion which makes 10% of the total world population are Christians.
Unfortunately a total of 2.17 billion people all over the world which makes 28% of the world population haven’t been reached by the gospel. This should create an alarm especially to the Christians who have been called to bear the light of the gospel.
The scriptures say; 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 unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:14-15)
The above scriptures points back and reveal the critical role of believers is to reach out to the unreached. All those who have believed in Jesus Christ in have a great role to reach out to the lost souls for the sake of winning them.
All those who have believed in Jesus Christ have been given the ministry of reconciliation. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,( 2 Corinthians 5:18).
This world is ruled by systems and has its ruler who is the prince of darkness; Satan ((Ephesians 2:2). Satan does everything to make sure that everyone is walking according to the patterns of this world.
He will want everyone to develop the love of this world. And hate to the things of God. And as the scripture says that if we love the world the love of God is not in us.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. ( 1 John 2:15-16)
For everyone to be an effective evangelist he/she must first of all loose the love of this world to gain the love of God the Father. This is forsaking everything for the sake of the gospel. This is exactly what Apostle Paul did.
Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ (Philippians 3:8).
After forsaking the world one should realize that they are sojourners, pilgrims, aliens or strangers in this world. That we are just here for a moment therefore we should maximize our time here on earth and walk in wisdom.
Behave yourselves wisely [living prudently and with discretion] in your relations with those of the outside world (the non-Christians), making the very most of the time and seizing (buying up) the opportunity.( Colossians 4:5 AMP)
In everything we do we should aim at accomplishing the will of the Father of reaching out to the lost world. Our main aim should be to please Him and Him alone.
Therefore, whether we are at home [on earth away from Him] or away from home [and with Him], we are constantly ambitious and strive earnestly to be pleasing to Him.( 2 Corinthians 5:9 AMP).
All believers owe the whole world the gospel. If this truth sticks in our minds we will always endeavor to pay the debt of the gospel to whoever we come across.
We should be ready to support any mission work especially the one aimed at spreading the gospel for the sake of winning souls. If Jesus Christ paid the debt of sin that no human being could pay, therefore, we have a duty to live for Him who died for us to pay our debt.
Finally there are great blessings for those who reach out and win souls. Winning souls is an act of wisdom. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.( Proverbs 11:30).