Dr. Alan Avera, D.Min.
When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that
followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
While Jesus seldom strayed from the areas of Judea or Galilee, his impact wasn’t
limited to the narrow geography where he spent his earthly life. Jesus was good at
noticing people, and he could see things that others would miss. As an example, in the
Roman Centurion Jesus saw a man who had more faith than many who regarded
themselves as God’s chosen people. “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such
faith.” The centurion is only one example. Even in a sinful Samaritan woman, Jesus saw
not only the future believer he was about to make her, but he also saw a future
evangelist (John 4:39). And he was willing to listen to the plea of a Syrophoenician
woman, even though she was a foreigner (Mark 7:24-30).
Today I call you to open your eyes to notice how God is making it possible for us to join
evangelism with missions right here in North America. In a recent blog post, I used a
video from the North Carolina Baptist Association that shows that many of the least
reached places and people groups are here in North America. Maybe it’s time to adopt
a model of missions that no longer makes a distinction between domestic and foreign.
As we notice people and share the gospel, we may find that our impact goes far beyond
the narrow geography where we currently live.
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