that He gave His only begotten Son.
John 3:16a, KJV
If God were to walk the streets of our cities and towns, what would be his perspective? God would walk our streets with a broken heart looking into each face that did not know him. Relationship with people is the reason God created the earth and placed us on this planet. And God made relationship possible by sending Jesus to die for our sin and conquer spiritual death forever.
So if God walked our streets knowing that he has already made every provision for relationship, his heart would break for those who remain separated from him. Those outside of relationship with God in Christ are dead people walking—fully alive physically, yet dead spiritually. And his heart breaks for each one. Our missional eyes are opened when we understand that our friends, neighbors, and co-workers are spiritually dead without Christ. Can you see them? Will you look? Our hearts, too, must break for them.
In the past 20 years, the evangelical community began to look at the world differently. Focus shifted to evangelizing people groups rather than nations. The Basic Training for Mission Teams manual tells us: “Of the thousands of people groups worldwide, about 4,992 people groups live in the Last Frontier—the part of the world with little or no access to the gospel. That translates to 1.6 billion people who currently have virtually no chance of hearing the good news of Jesus Christ.”2
As we can readily see, God is on mission to win both those nearby and those in remote areas of the world. He is calling us to join him in all those places. When Isaiah saw God and heard his call, he replied: “Here am I, send me.” How will YOU reply?
— Mark Powers
2. Rankin and Tadlock, Basic Training for Mission Teams, 51.