Points of Passion: 39 Lines Around
Acts 1:8 (NIV) You will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
James 1:27 (Message) Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight . . . .
God’s Heart for the Lost
2016 World Population Estimate = 7.5 billion
31% is the Christian Population Estimate = 2.3 billion
5.2 billion people have not received Jesus as Savior.
Ezekiel 33:11 (ESV) Say to them, “As I live!” declares the Lord GOD, “I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live.”
Things that are easier for us to emotionally connect too:
Oklahoma City Bombing, April 19, 1995
168 people died. (19 children under 6)
A line 168 feet
9/11, September 11th, 2001
2,996 people died.
A line 2,996 feet—a little over half a mile
Tsunamis in Southeast Asia & Japan, 2004
An estimated 280,000 people died.
A line 53 miles
How long do you think the line is for 5.2 billion people? Would it go from here to Texas? California? The line would cross the ocean, go around the globe 5 times, 15, 20, 35, 30, 35, 39 lines around.
We don’t think about those people. We think about what we are gonna eat today. How much gas is. Much of our lives are lived thinking about us, and so we miss the point of life.
John 4:29-32 (TLB) Then the woman left her waterpot beside the well and went back to the village and told everyone, “Come and meet a man who told me everything I ever did! Can this be the Messiah?” So the people came streaming from the village to see him. Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus to eat. “No,” he said, “I have some food you don’t know about.”
Many of us live near sighted.
John 4:35 (TLB) . . . Look around you! Vast fields of human souls are ripening all around us, and are ready now for reaping.
Luke 15:1-7 (AMP) Now all the tax collectors and sinners [including non-observant Jews] were coming near Jesus to listen to Him. Both the Pharisees and the scribes began muttering and complaining, saying, “This man accepts and welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
- Right view of people.
God loves people.
- Right view of the problem.
39 lines around is the real problem.
- Right view of the solution.
We need to be a church that celebrates every time people come to Jesus!
Luke 15:7 (Message) There’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.
If every believer reached one person this year and next, in 2 years all 5.2 billion people would be won!
Each one reach one.