Mya Hudgins, Faith Editor
There are 195 countries, 7 continents, 7 seas, estimated about 6,909 languages, roughly 4,200 religions, and somewhere between 11,500 and 16,000 different people groups in this world. It’s crazy to think about how you and I are just one of billions of people on this earth. We won’t even know a fourth of the people in this world during our lifetime. According to the Ecology Global Network, there are four births and two death each second of the day. When this is added up, there are around 360,000 births per day and around 151,600 deaths per day.
Now that you understand just how small we are, you must also understand two things. First, God’s creation and second, our calling.
Isaiah 64:8 says, “Yet you, Lord, are our father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”
In this verse, we are immediately shown that we are made in God’s image. We are hand-made, perfectly. Everyone looks different and has different personality but God chose these special things specifically for us. We were not made the same. Out of all the billions of people in this world, there is no one like you. Imagine a world full of you. The person sitting next to you looked and acted just like you do.
In my opinion, it would be very hard for me to believe in a God who didn’t even love us enough to make me different from the people I’m surrounded with. That in itself shows just how much Christ loves you.
This leads into the next point: our calling. As Christians, we are called to be missionaries. Whether that is using your calling down the street or traveling around the world. From the first paragraph, one can see just how many people are in this world. Many are dying every day and even more are coming into the world. As Christians, this should scare us more than anything. We are failing our calling by the day. When those people die in one day, what are the chances all of them are Christians? What are the chances that they all will go to heaven? What are the chances they have even heard the Gospel? It is time to wake up and face the facts. No, we “can’t wait until the time is right” or “share the Gospel another time just not right now.”
I am just as guilty when it comes to being scared and afraid to go share with someone, but that’s not an excuse for someone’s eternal life to be hell. This world is all about life and death. It’s a never-ending cycle. We don’t know who is going to die next, but take a step of faith and trust that Christ will give you the words to say.
The opposite of death is birth.
Every day, new humans are brought into this world. Yes, they are too young to understand the Gospel, (give them a couple days and then they might understand) but this is where being a godly example comes into play. Not every child has a chance of growing up in a Christian home, but there should be people out in the world that can lead by the example that Christ has given us.
1 Timothy 4:12 says, “let no one despise you because you are a youth, but set the believers an example in your speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”
If you get the opportunity to be an example and mentor to a student or child, don’t let yourself pass it up. You never know what God will teach them but also teach you. He has a mysterious way of working in people’s lives, even if they think they are helping someone else.
If every believer takes a stand and is determined to share the gospel every day, whether that’s showing love, sharing your testimony or just helping someone understand what and who Jesus Christ is, maybe the number of people who are dying unsaved will decrease. His love for us is never ending and unconditional. Be strong and remember that we may not get appreciation here on earth, but Heaven is where we will hear the words “good job my good and faithful servant.”
Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”