Each One Reach One
(PAGE 1657 COME ALIVE BIBLE) JESUS CHRIST said, ''I will make you fishers of men.'' ''I'' is the subject. ''will make'' is the verb. ''you'' is the object. The subject, Christ, will do the work of the verb, ''make'' on the object, ''you.'' In fishing for fish, we take them from life to death. In fishing for men, we take them from death to life. If all the people in the world who have not received Christ as Savior formed a single line, it would be 750,000 miles long. It would reach around the world 30 times. It grows at the rate of 20 miles every day. That is impressive but impersonal. Come closer and look at the faces of those who form that line. Do you notice friends, relatives, working companions, classmates, or neighbors in the line. How can we help get them out of that line? One soul at a time. To think of reaching the world one soul at a time may be a great act of faith. However, to think of winning it any other way is a great act of lunacy. If we dare carry out the commission of our Savior and follow the pattern of our first century predecessors, we can reach our region for Christ.
Tertullian wrote the Roman Emperor in the Second Century: ''We are but of yesterday and yet already we fill your cities, your islands, your camps, your palaces, your senate, your forum, we have left you only your empty, heathen temples.'' They had infiltrated, penetrated, and saturated their world for Christ as we must do. Justin Martyr wrote also in the Second Century: ''There is no people, Greek or Barbaric or any other race by whatsoever appellation or manner by which they may be distinguished however ignorant of the art of agriculture, whether they dwell in tents or wander about in covered wagons, among whom prayers and thanksgivings are not offered in the name of the crucified Christ, to the Father.'' We do well to pray: ''Set us afire, Lord. Stir us I pray. While the world perishes we go our way. ...
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