During the COVID pandemic, the Church has seen hundreds of thousands of people come to know Christ.
When the pandemic began earlier this year, we focused on our worry and anxiousness. As things improved, we focused on God’s provision.
As we come full circle, our anxiousness rises again, especially as we see hospitalizations and deaths creep upward.
The one thing that has remained constant is people’s openness to the Gospel of Christ. Many in the United States continue to come to Christ; however, greater numbers are coming to Christ globally.
In small South American regions, the Good News is going out, and tens of villagers are being saved and baptized.
In Africa, hundreds (if not thousands) are bending a knee and turning their lives over to Christ, including many Muslims.
And the Middle East sees hundreds and even thousands come to Christ through visions or care ministries.
God is at work around the world.
At the end of Matthew, Jesus offers the Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations. In the next verse, he says,
“Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”Matthew 28:20
Once folks become believers, He asks those that have been believers for some time to help them grow in their faith.
One of the last things Jesus says is that He will be with us always. Once we are believers, we are guaranteed eternity with Him.
Although our earthly lives may pass away, we will spend eternity in the presence of the Lord.
We must continue to reach out to friends, neighbors, colleagues, and others who are far from Christ and live in such a way that they ask questions about the Lord.
Now, more than ever, the doors are open to discuss eternity with people. Take a few minutes and ask God to bring to mind someone who is far from God who needs Jesus, and then pray for them and start the conversation.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for giving us your spirit to be with us. Please bring to mind people who are far from You, and give us the courage to begin the dialogue with them. Amen!