Devotion for January 28, 2022

“And this Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)

Jesus did not come to Earth with religious denominations in mind. Yet, today there are hundreds of denominations calling themselves Baptists, Anglicans, Methodists, Pentecostals, Protestants, Roman Catholics, etc., Jesus came for the dawning of His Kingdom.

Denominations are to be viewed as only a small part of the greater mosaic of the kingdom of God. They offer different styles of worship and activity. I look at them like cars. We all drive something but not all the same model or style, we like the particulars of the various models but they are all transportation. So too, denominations (that teach the biblical truth).

It’s the Kingdom of God, this corporate community of believers, that is Christ’s primary focus. That should be the mission of any corporate body of believers — to take the Gospel to every nation, language and culture. This will be the final sign of the end times that Jesus speaks about as His second coming. Only then, will the end come.

Today, missiologists have identified over 11,000 people groups (similar language and culture) on the earth. Of those, there are over 6,000 people groups considered to be unreached (less than 2% believers). Of those 6,000+ unreached people groups, about 3,000 are completely unengaged with the Gospel. In other words, these people groups have no known church or Christians in their midst. But here’s some encouraging news: in the last 6 years, this “unreached and unengaged” category has decreased by about 800. That means that these people groups now have Christians and churches in their midst. This is the fastest decrease in unreached people groups in the history of the church. God is moving mightily in our world! The news services only dwell on the negatives in the world.

As Christians, we are all called to take part in this mission. Will you go to one of these regions with the Gospel? Will you give financially for others to go? Will you pray?

Prayer

God show me how I can be a part of advancing the Kingdom of God as we look forward to His second coming. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike