With more than 1.2 billion people covering its land, India is home to well over 2,000 different people groups. Of the total population inhabiting India, almost 95% are unreached with the gospel of Christ. To zoom in a bit, the part of the country I am currently in, Delhi, has 672 people groups of which 615 are unreached. Less than 1% of the population of Delhi are said to be believers and followers of Christ.
Staggering. Sobering. Challenging.
I think of Christ and how He lived and loved. He loved with a fierce, focused, passionate love. His love led Him to lay down His life for many. His love was painful, but led to joy, too. His love covered a multitude of sins and still covers sins. His love saves. It’s true and constant. It’s unconditional.
With the millions who are lost, Christ is surely at work. His life and love are transforming hearts even in this moment. I know that today is the day of salvation for many. Light is seeping through the darkness all over this world. Children are raised to know Him. Men and women fall at His feet in surrender. Brave souls turn away from their old lives and walk in the newness of life in Christ. One by one, passionate followers of Christ are born.
I wonder if knowing His love is enough to keep me passionate for Him and for those who are still lost, for those who have not heard. It should be, should it not?
As I spend time with and enjoy so many sweet Indian kids and share with many others, I can’t help but pray that their hearts would accept Jesus Christ for all that He is. Though still, something’s missing. I know it’s not Him that is lacking a thing, it’s me.
If my eyes were set on Christ, wouldn’t I see His heart? And if I were to see His heart, wouldn’t I see the souls He loves so deeply? If I love Him, shouldn’t I love them? Is it not my duty, would it not be my honor, to love them as passionately as He loves? If I do not, then who will? Surely, the Lord is the one who saves. I have no power apart from Him; none of us do. But He sends us to the them.
“…I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” | Acts 26:17b-18
After years of getting to know this passionate Savior, Jesus, more and more, it seems as if obedience is the only logical response to His love. It takes simple obedience. His love should fill us to the brim with passion for Him and for others to know this same Love. But as I examine myself, more times than not, my weary heart and raging flesh seem to control me rather than my faith in Christ and experience of His constant love. Instead of going, I stay. Instead of proclaiming, I sit silently. Instead of serving, I unapologetically enjoy earthly comforts. Instead of getting on my knees and staying there, I walk tall thinking, “I got this.” Instead of obeying, I disobey. Instead of loving Him passionately, my love is like a dying fire. But God, oh I praise Him! I praise Him for His great love and His unending patience; He always waits for me to get it. He waits, teaches and reveals as I over and over again doubt His character, which has proven faithful all along the line.
Knowing Him leads to passion for His mission. From passion comes obedience, simple obedience. And through all of this, we know Him more. This is eternal life.
All for Jesus, all for Jesus! All my being’s ransomed powers: all my thoughts and words and doings, all my days and all my hours. Let my hands perform His bidding, let my feet run in His ways; let my eyes see Jesus only, let my lips speak forth His praise…Since my eyes were fixed on Jesus, I’ve lost sight of all beside; so enchained my spirit’s vision, looking at the Crucified. | Mary D. James