By. Rev. Steve Cofer
Director of Missionary Care
Many of today’s conversations focus on our changing times. No doubt there is much to discuss and many challenges to face. I am so glad that for us, as Christian believers, there are still absolutes. I continue to rejoice that our faith is grounded in God’s word and our salvation in Jesus, the Father’s greatest gift to mankind. That is one thing that will never change. It is settled and set in the true Rock.
As we navigate through life in these changing times, let’s ask ourselves: Why do so many unbelievers exist in a global community of vast communication, media, and travel? One could argue that there is a lack of missionaries on the fields of those unreached, and that is true. Though there are numerous reports of souls saved daily, for which we thank God, multitudes remain lost without hope, swept away in the current of cultural influence.
Like any topic or issue, there are many perspectives and practical solutions that surface in regards to this question. By no means do I think the answer to reaching the lost is a simple one.
However, one solution stands out, and I believe it is one that can be put into immediate action. As members of God’s family with purpose and responsibility, a good place to start is through
Faith Commitment. This is a way to be obedient to God’s command to go into all the world.
Faith Commitment is based on communication between God and His children. As missionaries hear God’s voice to GO, God’s children must listen to the Father’s voice to SEND. Could there be
a listening issue in the body of Christ? Sometimes, I, too, allow things to hinder “having ears to hear” the Lord’s voice. Faith Commitments are made by simply trusting God to provide, being
disciplined to obey, and giving as directed by the Holy Spirit. This is not like making a pledge to men or women, but trusting the voice of God, making a commitment to Him, and believing
for the provision.
Before one can GO, there must be those who will SEND. Let’s join our efforts and resources this coming Faith Commitment Sunday, March 4th, committing to spread the gospel to the four
corners of the earth. Together, we can reach our changing world where the lost and unreached live.
Let’s be a people of promise and hope, who heed the voice of God.