What Can We Do?
In the space remaining, I want to propose three actions we can take in light of the lostness surrounding us in the world today.
Pray. Make Disciples. Plant Churches.
I will be the first to tell you that I do not often practice these three actions considering the urgency of lostness that surrounds me. But if you will allow me, an imperfect vessel, to point to biblical truth; I hope we can walk away with encouragement in the task, and a heart for the lost to come to Christ.
The first and most important action we can do is to pray.
Before we put our hand to the plow.
Before we create our theological vision and consider how we can uniquely contextualize the gospel to the people were trying to reach.
Before we come up with a name for a church and clever slogans and vision statements…we need to pray.
This helps us to rely on the Spirit of God, and trust the Spirit of God who is needed to do the work of bringing lost souls to Christ. Without the salvific work of the Holy Spirit reviving lost souls to life, it doesn’t matter what actions we do. Therefore, we start by praying.
Consider what Paul says in Ephesians, that Christ is able to do abundantly more than we could ever ask for or think of (Eph. 3:20). Abundantly more. Therefore, as we consider an abundantly great task of reaching 3.28 billion unreached people with the gospel, shouldn’t we look to him who is able to do abundantly more?
Additionally, Christ modeled the importance of prayer for us in his own life. Christ retreated to pray (Mk. 1:35). Christ taught the disciples how to pray (Mt. 6:7-15). Christ instructed the disciples to pray for laborers to be sent out into the harvest of lost souls (Lk. 10:2)
Therefore, we should join him in this prayer. We should pray “earnestly to the Lord (Lk. 10:2)” for the lost souls, praying that the Holy Spirit would bring life in them. And we should pray in a Luke 10:2 and Romans 10:14-15 way, for laborers to be sent out into the harvest.