Behind the shameful apathy and lethargy of the church, that allows one thousand million. . . Human beings to go to their graves in ignorance of the gospel, there lies a practical doubt, if not denial, of their lost condition.
— A.T. Pierson —
It is hard for me to remember that every person I meet is not a Christian. Of those I am closest to, friends, family member, even co-workers, most believe. However, these are the minority. Every day I see, speak to, even laugh with, dozens of people who probably do not know Jesus as Savior.
But — I forget. I am too busy. I am in a hurry. I have other plans.
A.T. Pierson reminds us that around the world, untold millions do not know Christ and his love. These men and women are not different from those I meet every day, save one important fact. I don’t know if these untold millions ever cross paths with someone like me who is a Christian. When I travel around the world, I regularly talk with people who have never heard about Jesus. Many have never met a Christian. None have seen a Bible or been taught a Bible story.
This is why we use the word “lost.” It isn’t intended to be derogatory. It is a description of one who is wandering and doesn’t know the way home.
Lord God in Heaven – untold millions are lost. They cannot find their way home. Will you let me be one who shares the gospel with someone today. . .
Scott Hildreth is the director of the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies. He frequently speaks on issues of missions, spiritual formation, missiology, and theology. Scott also contributes to SEBTS faculty blog www.betweenthetimes.com