Our paradigm of understanding is a box. We usually see things from our perspective with little or no thought about how others may understand the same thing.

Kolkata slum womanTake world events, for instance. So many well intentioned believers, seeing the evil and chaos everywhere, are sure that Christ must be returning soon. This “conviction” is often driven by a desire to avoid suffering rather than having been derived out of the pages of Scripture.

Jesus made it clear that “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations (ethne’), and then the end will come,” Matthew 24:14. J. Oswald Smith declared, “We talk of the Second Coming; half of the world has never heard of the first.” Yes,  there are still over six thousand unreached people groups (ethne’) in the world. The task has not been accomplished.

Don’t get me wrong. Jesus could come any day, but from the view of Scripture, it looks like we have some serious work still to do.

In the days ahead, I would like you to join me in a search to understand our part, beginning with a very familiar, but vaguely understood statement of Jesus: “It’s not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority, But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the end of the earth,” Acts 1:7-8.

I’m convinced that every person and every church is to play an irreplaceable role in God’s big plan. Let’s go for it!

3 thoughts on “Perspective”

  1. Thank you, dear leader Ivan!!! These words of Jesus, and the contrast of the photo says much to many of us today. Amen upon this reminder of yours! Let’s keep our eyes and hearts on task. And as a personal word of encouragement toward India and Bangladesh, this week we ran an 18 minute evangelistic video in Hindi (through Facebook / Jesus Film Media) that was accessed by 5,000+ people over Easter Week. Small signs perhaps, but the life and words of Jesus are gaining ground in softened hearts among the nations. Little yeasts at work, moving around, and multiplying throughout the whole of the dough until the flavorful task is done (Matthew 13:33). – Joel

  2. Hi Ivan!
    I agree with your comments. I think that we have to think more as a church in our response to “getting the word out”. If we think only as an individual then we can feel so very overwhelmed and inadequate to respond. And let’s face it: to often we are too self-absorbed to see the need. I know your heart breaks for those who have never heard of Jesus. I’m thankful that you are in a position to encourage the churches ( and those of us who make up the church) to just do something.,
    God bless you, my friend. Ken

  3. I totally agree, Ivan. May God deliver us from a comfortable and calendar-based Christianity to focus on seeing God’s agenda for the world become a reality!

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