Written By Eddie Vines
Eddie Vines is a former Jefferson county Judge and currently serves as President of Faith Fortress Ministries
A Christian thinker once said that we should approach prayer as if the outcome were all up to God while working as if the outcome were all up to us. I can’t think of a better application of this sentiment than Jesus’ charge to the church to spread the good news of the gospel around the world. As we work to carry out this task, we realize that only God can bring it to pass, however, at the same time we “go” as he directed us.
Occasionally you hear someone say, “why do we have to do foreign missions, we have plenty of lost people right here in our own country?”. The answer is that we do both. We should never neglect sharing the gospel with anyone regardless of where they are. I believe the reason American Christians have a special responsibility to carry the gospel to the four corners of the globe is because, as a country, we have been richly blessed economically which gives us the means to travel and to fund God’s work in far away places.
Quite often, my pastor says we should thank God for “allowing” us to participate in his work around the world. To be able to be a part of this effort that we have come to call “the great commission” is a unique and special privilege that God has bestowed upon his followers. There is no doubt that the God who created the universe could easily cause everyone on Earth to hear the gospel message, yet, he invites us to join him in partnership.
Let us fervently pray that all people around the world will soon be reached with the message of salvation while we also commit our time, talents, and resources to this end.