EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
Guest writer: WWL Staff, VOT contributor, Lauren Dean
Brokenness exists in every part of the world. We may dress different, eat different, look different, speak different languages—but the way to be reunited with God is the same for everyone. It is through Jesus Christ. In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” God knocks down the wall that separates us from Him, through Jesus and the Gospel.
We see throughout the Bible many times references to “all people”, “all nations”, people “from every nation, tribe, people and language.” God wants to reach people everywhere. He will accomplish His mission, and He commands us to participate in it with Him. God saves us and then sends us out to tell others about Jesus.
In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus gives The Great Commission where He says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
If it is God’s mission and heart for all kinds of people to come to faith, then as Christians that should be our heart and mission as well. God calls us to look past cultural barriers and allow our Christian identity to be the priority. Our culture and diversity should be celebrated, but they shouldn’t act as a wall that prevents us from sharing the Gospel with people who may be different than us, and our culture shouldn’t be more important to us than our Christian identity and mission.
Places still exist in the world where people have never even heard of the name of Jesus. Maybe one day God will call you to go to a different culture to preach the Gospel, but you don’t have to wait to go across the world to another country in order to help all kinds of people come to faith. You can start today with the people God has put in your path and in your life now. Pray for opportunities to share the Gospel with others and for the Holy Spirit to give you the boldness to speak the name of Jesus right where you are today.