The Lord commands us in Mark to go into the world and preach the Gospel. And it is something I absolutely love to do! Everywhere that He tells me to go, I don’t think about any inconveniences there might be, such as a very long trip, or having to wade rivers, or travel in canoe, or climb muddy mountains. I don’t think of the lack of modern commodities, such as indoor plumbing or air conditioning or electricity. I don’t even think about the dangers involved, such as wild animals, jaguars, boa snakes or anacondas, piranhas, poisonous spiders and frogs at every turn.
Some say I take too many risks in getting to them, but I don’t see it that way. I go because of the one thing that I DO think about. I think about the soul. That person who is waiting for me to arrive, so that they might hear the name of Jesus for the very first time in their life. That person who has never felt the Lord’s presence before, and how they will get to experience it for the first time. That person who has never owned a Bible and longs to hear the message God Almighty wants to tell them. There are many who don’t even realize that they need God, that they are lost without Him. I think about those, too, and ask for the Holy Ghost to speak through me, that I might be able to explain to them their great need of salvation. I think about the soul. Souls that are waiting on me to do my part, to get to them, to preach to them, to tell them that Jesus died for them and loves them. And it makes me want to travel the whole world over and tell everyone “Oh, what a Saviour we have”!
I cannot reach the whole world, I’m only one person. But my goal is to reach as many as I can, while I can. And that when I finish my course, I will be able to say “I have done that which was my duty to do.” Luke 17.10
Go; Help me preach this Gospel; Do your part. Think about the beautiful souls that are waiting!
(*photo: Charles and I in the jungle community of Damointaro, where we preached to the beautiful Waorani Indians.)