Reports indicate that approximately 260 million Christians were persecuted in 2019. In the face of this large number, I am prompted to think, “Considering the fact that I am not persecuted and considering the fact that I have not faithfully shared the Gospel as I should, does God really have a vested interested in my ordinary Christian life?”
I want you to consider the following question: How many grains of sand are there in the world? Sources say a superficial estimation would be seven quintillion, five hundred quadrillion grains. To give you some scope to understand the extent of this number, consider this: There are six zeros in a million, nine in a billion and 18 zeros in the number of grains of sand in the world.
These numbers don’t mean much until we read Psalm 139:17-18 “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand … ”. God’s careful thoughts toward his children each day are almost infinite.
Yes, 260 million Christians are being persecuted, yes, we ought to vindicate them by sharing the Gospel (Philippians 1:12), but it is this very Gospel that stresses God’s love for sinful individuals (John 3:16).
The consensus amongst astronomers is that there are more stars than grains of sand on the earth! The average star is said to be the size of our sun which is about 109 times larger than the earth. Psalm 33:6 states, “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.” Yet scripture uses even more personal language when talking about God’s careful construction of us, “You covered me in my mother’s womb” Psalm 139:13.
There are approximately 400 billion birds on this earth yet the scriptures say “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29.
Approximately 150,000 people die every day and we are given an insight into God’s response to the death of just one person loved in John 11:35 “Jesus wept.”
Matthew 3:17 gives us the Father’s evaluation of his law abiding, sinless son “This is my beloved son with whom I am well pleased.” Yet we sinful Christians can also claim this statement. John 17:22-23 states, “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”
What a wonderful Gospel purchased by Christ! It is no wonder that many are willing to die for it.
This Month’s challenge: Feeling as though you are not sharing the Gospel enough? Let the Gospel be not only a burden to be shared, but a beauty to behold. It is easier to share something that you are personally in love with.
*All Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version of the Holy Bible. Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.