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Reaching the Most Unreached

July 17, 2017

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Piper: Job – Reverent in Suffering

MacDonald: Does God Leave Sin Unpunished? 


Good Morning Men.

Below is an article that I copied from a Gospel for Asia Magazine in March of 2015. I stumbled upon this article the other day that I had saved previously and was so encouraged and refreshed by the things said in it. The individual being interviewed is K.P. Yohanan, look him up he is an amazing man with an amazing passion for reaching the lost world for Christ.

K.P’s primary calling is world missions, however I understand that is not everyone’s call. As you read this think about your purpose, your calling and your circles of influence. Think about how can you have a greater impact for Jesus in your marriage, your family, your extended family and friends, and in your workplace for starters.

Continue to ask yourself: Why am I here? What am I living for?

Fight the good fight
Kaaina


Reaching the Most Unreached

Gospel for Asia Magazine, March 2015 p. 4

In this Conversations, K.P. Yohannan talks about having a passion to reach the most unreached with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Q: What is the source of your passion to reach those who are dying without knowing Jesus?

If we say we are followers of Christ, our lives should reflect His. When we look at the Gospels, we see that Jesus’ entire life revolved around reaching out to those in desperate need of His Father. And His calling on our lives today is the same. Over and over again, we hear His invitation to, “Come, follow Me.”

He is calling us to see what He sees, to feel the passion He feels, to share His burden for reaching the precious, broken lives throughout the world. Jesus’ life was marked by urgency.

He came to this earth with one desire: to bring reconciliation between the Creator and His creation. Every person Jesus met was a soul His Father longed for. His last words to His disciples were to go and make disciples. That was His heart – and that should be our heart. If this passion to reach the hopeless and the dying with His Father’s love is what drove our Savior, how can we live for anything less?

Q: What is it that sustains you in this calling from the Lord to reach the most unreached?

Here is the key: Unless you and I consistently and perpetually maintain our humble, broken walk with the Lord, we will not be able to maintain a life of love for the untold millions without Christ. The way to develop this love on a daily basis is first of all to see myself the way I should see myself – I am a nobody. I am not that important.

What do I, or any of us, have that is not given to us by the Lord? Nothing.

The measure in which we see the Lord’s face, and spend time gazing upon Him and hungering for Him, is the same measure in which we will become like Him. The more I come to know my Lord, the more I understand Him and the more I’m driven and compelled by what He wants, not what I want.

Some years ago I challenged the brothers and sisters I serve with to begin praying this prayer: “Lord baptize me with Your passion, Your burden for the lost and dying millions in my generation. Let it be perpetual, not just for one time. Lord, I want to be like Jesus.”

Please believe me, there are a thousand things that you may struggle with, but they will all be resolved with this one thing: Jesus. He will tell you what to do. He will live through you. He will speak. His humility will become your humility: His passion will become your passion.

There are times we can find ourselves saying, “I wish I had a greater burden for those who are dying without Christ. I had it once, and I just don’t know what happened.” You know, the answer is not a lot of day-to-day practical things that you may think of; the answer is simply to fall in love with Jesus. Get to know Him. And ask the Holy Spirit to begin that work in you today. He will do it.

Q: How do you guard against daily distractions and stay focused on the things that are truly important?

None of us remains the same in our enthusiasm and commitment. Very often, we as believers are bombarded from all sides to invest our time, efforts and finances in everything but eternity. Material things, trips, social gatherings, building projects, the comfort of our families – all these and more may come at the expense of souls who are still waiting to hear there is a God who loves them. Even as believers who have already committed our lives to reaching the world with the Good News, we are in danger of losing our focus.

We get so wrapped up in who we are and what we are doing day-to-day that we are no longer able to answer the questions “Why am I here?” and “What am I living for?”

The souls of multiplied millions are at stake, and the Lord has commissioned us with the incredible privilege of reaching them and making an eternal difference in their lives. So how can we live comfortable for ourselves while millions of souls wait to hear there is hope?

I urge you to examine your heart. Look at the things you do and the activities you are involved in and ask yourself honestly, “Why am I doing this?”

Ask the Lord for the grace and maturity to look beyond the immediate, which tends to take precedence over everything else. Unless we think carefully, make deliberate decisions and allow the Lord to break our hearts continually, we will walk in the way of all flesh.

Every day, when you wake up, say to Jesus, “Lord today I am Yours. Body, soul, spirit, wealth, children, spouse-all that I have, all that I am, is Yours. What do You want me to do today? How do You want me to live?” Allow the Holy Spirit to take the Word of God and weave it into the very fiber of your being. Allow Him to guide you as you step out. Then you will regain that passion.

Q: Any final words you would like to add?

As believers committed to reaching the world for the sake of Christ, you and i are given more information about what is going on in the world today than ever before. We know more about the different people groups than the generation of believers who went before us.

We can use this information to come before the Father and plead on the behalf of those we know who are still waiting to hear the name of Jesus Christ. We can spend time praying over a world map. We can give of the resources the Lord has entrusted to us to help raise up men and women in these countries to be enabled to reach out to their own people. We can go if that is what God has asked of us. You and I must be willing and ready to make sacrifices so others may know Jesus.

May the Holy Spirit give you the ability to see the vision of the faces of people crying out for life. May He give you His burden for souls who are perishing. Only He can tell you what you must do with your life, your time and your resources.

 

 

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