“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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Point Them to Jesus
There are currently around 7.6 billion people in the world. If you counted one person per second, it would take over 239 years to count them all. What is true about each and every person on the face of the earth? They are all born sinful and needing a Savior. By nature, every single person is headed straight toward eternal punishment in hell.
It’s terrifying and heartbreaking to see so many people living unaware of the consequences of sin, rejecting the truths of God’s Word, and living apart from God. The Bible says that unbelief condemns to an eternity of suffering. God didn’t create the world to condemn it. God did’t make everything for the sole purpose of seeing it brought to ruin.
Your heavenly Father wants only what is best for his creation and wants everyone to receive the benefits and blessings of heaven. That’s why he sent Jesus—to pay for your sins to rescue you from an eternity in hell and give you an eternal paradise of heaven.
God’s Word teaches that through Jesus, you are forgiven. That is good news, the best news! God doesn’t hold you accountable for the guilt of what you have done wrong. He doesn’t punish you, because he punished Jesus in your place. What does God command you to do with this good news? Bring it to others. Go and tell others the good news of forgiveness in Christ. Share your joy of peace. Through his Word and through Baptism, God creates and strengthens faith in the Savior. Through faith God welcomes you and others into eternal life. While you do this work, Jesus promises he is always by your side, protecting and encouraging you every step of the way.
7.6 billion people—that is a lot of people! Jesus calls on his believers to take up the work of reaching them with the good news of salvation. With his Word and with Baptism he equips us for bringing his saving message to the ends of the earth.
Gracious Savior, use me to tell others about you, that they also may enjoy forgiveness and eternal life. Amen.
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