by Dr. Charles Stanley
September 2, 2006
Having a Mind and Heart for God
No one is born an atheist or agnostic. Before birth, a simple knowledge which says, “There is a God,” is written on every person’s heart. It is possible, however, to ignore or reject this awareness. The mind becomes progressively darker until it can no longer see the light of truth.
Those who knowingly deny the Lord and worship something else will still be judged according to His laws. But what about the millions who have never heard the Gospel or seen a Bible? The only evidence they experience of the one true God is the natural world and an inborn sense of His reality. But their culture may try to deny or manipulate that evidence.
Believers can waste a lot of time debating what the Lord will do with these lost tribes and nations. The Bible is not specific about what happens to those who do not hear. But we can be sure God will be just. However, our part in the divine plan for unbelievers is clear—we are to reach as many as possible. All people will be judged according to the truth they received, the opportunities they had, and what they did with both. Compared to spiritual wisdom and diligence, knowledge and success count for little.
Christians often think people in their own country are not as spiritually needy as those in other places. As a result, we focus on foreign missions and often ignore those people we meet in our daily life. You have the opportunity to reach the people around you with the truth you know. That is God’s plan for the Unreached.
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