Monday, March 5, 2012

A Glimpse of the Future

During my recent visit to Kathmandu I had the opportunity to worship and fellowship with brothers and sisters at Kathmandu International Christian Congregation (KICC). This was a tiny taste of a future worship service as there were at least eight different countries represented in one service; and there were believers from all types of Christian backgrounds from what most would consider the most liberal to the most conservative. It was a beautiful picture as at that moment politics were not important, our particular tribe was not important, dress and worship preference were not important, and whether we were elected to be there that morning was not important; but coming together to worship King Jesus was the only thing of importance.

Now, is there a time that all of those issues can be important and is there a time to address them? YES, absolutely, but I also am realizing more and more that we live in a lost and dying world and that why we can spend most of our time arguing over all of these things, there are millions dying without a Savior everyday. 

In my setting alone there is a team of twelve with a current focus of 135 million people, most without the Savior Jesus. In our focus area there are 14,000 births a day and 5,000 deaths a day. This means two things; first, we get an additional 9,000 people added to our focus a day that will likely never hear the gospel if we do not do something about it now! Second, approximately 5,000 people in our focus area die everyday to go spend eternity in hell without the Savior.

Let me repeat, 5,000 people in part of three states in the country where I live die everyday with no Savior. Those numbers alone should make you STOP and pray for the salvation of this part of the world right now.

So, why am I telling you all of this? Because I believe we often get caught up in things, often that are good, but to a degree that is unhealthy. I am just as guilty as anyone else, but I believe that the enemy loves it when we continually fight each other and that becomes our focus, mean while there is a lost and dying world around us that we tend to forget about and ignore. 

God has opened the doors wide open where I am currently serving as three out of ten people that you share the gospel with will typically respond. My prayer is that we will take this open door of opportunity and that this area of deep darkness will be dark no more as we start focusing more on the lostness in this world than our particular agenda. 

The tiny taste of a future experience that I experienced at KICC in many ways was flawed, because it was still run by fallen man and full of fallen men. But one day a service that is represented with people from all nations, tribes, and tongues will take place that will not be flawed because of King Jesus and I want to see the people that I encounter everyday there with me worshipping around the throne of Jesus!

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