Started Week 2 of the Run Training, and still finding it much easier than the first time I ever did it (with walk 3 min.-run 2 min. now). And even though the thermometre said only 4 degrees above zero Celsius, it was quite alright, with a sweater! So morning runs should be fine for a little while yet.
Now to finally get back to finishing up my Perspectives notes, or almost finishing up.
It’s time for a bit of “rebuking”… Christ’s command is to “preach the gospel to every people”, and most of the people who remain unreached are Muslims (41%), Hindus (30%) and Buddhists (9%). If 98% of the world’s Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists live and die where they’re born, which is mostly in the 10/40 window, it follows that to the majority degree, we must GO.
Unfortunately, most people say they are willing to go, but in fact they are planning to stay. If we were truly obedient, we should assume we’re going, and let God close doors if we’re not to go (be willing to stay). But what really happens, for example: a young person is beginning to consider the missionary field, and their (Christian) parents talk them out of it!
Rebuke #2: “In North America, 94% of every dollar given by Christians is spent in North America, which has 6% of the world population…” (emphasis mine)!!! Remember what I quoted in earlier notes (or was it Facebook), that in the Western world, churches spend 10 times more on cosmetics rather than on missions.
“…they talk very sweetly about loving the Lord, but with their hearts they are loving their money…” (Ezek. 34:8, 20, 22)
One way to be able to give more, is to think of it as living during war-time, when everyone had to live very simply, and were willing to do so “for the cause”. In today’s world, this type of living “counter-culturally” could be even harder than the living “cross-culturally” that is done in frontier missions.
“My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love.” (1 John 3:18)