Reaching the Nations

Written by Jeff Carlson on .

The-Christ-on-a-background-of-Earth"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Matthew 24:14

If there is one thing we all should know about the Lord, it is that the Lord really loves this world and its people. When you study the history of missions you see that truth in all its glory. The history of the world is really the history of missions. The Lord has planned out a wonderful plan to share His love with this world that will continue right to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is drawing near.

The Lord Jesus in His "Olivet Discourse" in Matthew 24:14 tells the disciples that He would not return until the whole world had heard the gospel message. Isn't that an amazing truth? In other words, the Lord is carefully waiting to close this present age out until the gospel has been shared with everyone. That is the single reason why our Lord has not come back yet. People need to be saved, redeemed, and restored.

Now this issue of missions and reaching the nations was planned out before the world was created, but the Lord lets us in on that plan through the life of Abraham. In Genesis 12:3 the Lord tells Abraham that, "...all peoples on earth will be blessed by you." The Lord called Abraham to be His missionary and sent him to preach the Gospel to the nations, to all people on earth. Now of course, the way that happened most clearly was the fact that Abraham's most famous descendant would be the Lord Jesus Christ. It was through our Lord that the world would be saved and redeemed from its sin through His atoning death and resurrection from the dead.

Right now, as you read this article, the Lord is fulfilling this promise and plan to reach the nations and honor His promise to Abraham. Most people in the world today seem fascinated with the latest technology, but we should really be fascinated and excited about God's love for the world. In the end, that is the real reason technology was created. It was created to communicate a message of love... the gospel. And while the antichrist may one day use that technology to control and abuse people for a season, as we see in Revelation 13:16-17, it really is all about love. Wouldn't it be wonderful to see that truth today? To realize our phones are ultimately given to us to call people and tell them about Jesus and His gospel.

On another level, this story of missions to the nations applies to each of us in a very personal way. I have often had people come to me and ask, "Pastor, why am I still alive, what is the purpose of my life?" While I don't have the specific answers for every situation, I do believe I can offer people some things to think about. As believers, the Lord has chosen to use us to reach the nations. We have been chosen to bear much fruit as our Lord Jesus reminds us in John 15:8. As a result, our purpose in life is to share the gospel with others in some way. It might be giving to our church for missions or just sharing with our neighbor. We are still alive today because the Lord's overarching purpose in our lives and history is not yet fulfilled and completed. One day that plan will be completed when the Lord Jesus makes His glorious return to rule over the nations. However, until that happens, the Lord uses people like us to share His gospel of the kingdom. Hence, every article, video, conversation, and outreach to others is part of bringing our Lord back one glorious day in the near future.

When believers get this plan and heart of the Lord into their minds in a real way, it changes them. How can it not? Life takes on a new meaning when you realize our purpose is to love the Lord, share fellowship with Him and share that love and relationship with others. Our purpose is not to make money, buy houses, take vacations, raise a family, go to work, find a spouse, or build a career. All of those things are great and have their place in life, but they are not our ultimate purpose. As a result, life never really begins in a spiritual sense until we realize why we are here. The Lord Jesus put it much better in Matthew 10:39 where He says, "Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for My sake will find it."

My hope and prayer for all of us is to realize God's heart and our part in reaching the nations. May we all commit our lives to this glorious task until that final day when the end shall come and we will see the glorious face of our Lord and the love He has for us from the beginning.