The average person in the world is a 28 year old Chinese male. You may remember when the population broke 7 billion not too long ago. At that time, it was revealed by National Geographic who the most common person in the world was based on most common traits.

Right now, the most typical person in the world is a male, right handed person of Chinese descent. That will change in a few years, as the Indian population is poised to pass China, though. There are nine million people who match that description, more than any other on the planet.

Almost every people every where THE PEOPLE! Their country is the most important. God loves them more than everyone else. I remember visiting Haiti for the first time. While there a pastor told me how large his country was. Please remember that Haiti had a population of less than 6,000,000 at the time. That was smaller than Georgia, the state where I live and serve.

This pastor told me how that we only had two great cities, Miami and New York and neither were that big. He thought that Port au Prince was a really large city. I thought maybe he was kidding but I have come to understand that the majority of us think just like him.

We think that “WHITE PEOPLE” are what most people are like. We forget that there is a whole continent of “BLACK PEOPLE!” That there are more “CHINESE PEOPLE” AND “INDIAN PEOPLE” than we can ever imagine.

By the way if you have ever wondered how much money you have compared to the rest of the world just click on this link and see what it shows you.

How about this information:

Have you ever wondered how rich you are? Not just compared to your neighbors, your state, or your country, but how rich you are compared to the rest of the globe. Using the Global Rich List, a simple website that determines your global income ranking, you can find out how you compare to the rest of the world. If you’re an American, even if you think you’re poor, even if you are poor, you’ll be surprised at how much worse things could be.

After playing with this calculator for a bit, we found some interesting figures:

2008 Median U.S. Household Income was $50,303 ~ #58,911,638 or Top 0.98%
2008 Poverty Level for Family of Four was $21,200 ~ #654,128,636 or Top 10.90%
2008 Poverty Level for an Individual was $10,400 ~ #793,757,388 or Top 13.22%
75.20% of the world lives on less than $1,500 annually
39.72% of the world lives on less than $2 per day
Of course, all of these numbers are relative based on currency exchange, price levels of goods and services, etc., but the fact remains that we are much better off in the U.S. than in residents of developing nations.

We must work at seeing the world like it is, like God sees it! BIG, really big and full of people that He loves. The church of Jesus Christ was commissioned to take the gospel to the world.

Check out the following quotes and meditate on them!

“I have but one passion – it is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ.” –Count Zinzindorf

“While vast continents are shrouded in darkness…the burden of proof lies upon you to show that the circumstances in which God has placed you were meant by God to keep you out of the foreign mission field.”– Ion Keith-Falconer

“It will not do to say that you have no special call to go to China. With these facts before you and with the command of the Lord Jesus to go and preach the gospel to every creature, you need rather to ascertain whether you have a special call to stay at home.”– J. Hudson Taylor

“Believers who have the gospel keep mumbling it over and over to themselves. Meanwhile, millions who have never heard it once fall into the flames of eternal hell without ever hearing the salvation story.”– K.P. Yohannan, founder of Gospel for Asia

“We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.”– John Stott

“People who don’t believe in missions have not read the New Testament. Right from the beginning Jesus said the field is the world. The early church took Him at His word and went East, West, North, and South.”– J. Howard Edington

“The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.”– Henry Martyn, missionary to India and Persia

“As long as there are millions destitute of the Word of God and knowledge of Jesus Christ, it will be impossible for me to devote time and energy to those who have both.”– J. L. Ewen

The Commission is a world commission or vision.

The following is from What it means to be a World Christian by David Bryant

Step one: Have I caught a world vision?

Purpose: Do I see the big picture of Christ’s global cause from God’s point of view?

Possibilities: Do I see the Church’s potential in our generation for closing the Gap between God’s world wide purpose and its fulfillment?

People: Do I see the great scope of earth’s un-reached peoples, especially the billions at the widest end of the gap who have yet to clearly hear the Gospel?

Part: Do I believe that I, along with other Christians, can have a strategic impact on Christ’s global cause right now?

Step two: Have I kept a world vision?

Be: Am I willing to stand in the Gap with Christ, to unite my whole relationship with Him around His global cause?

Join: Am I willing to team up with other World Christians to stand in the Gap together?

Plan: Am I willing to design specific ways to obey my world vision and help close the Gap?

Step three: Do I obey a world vision?

Build: Do I take time to study the cause? Am I letting my world vision grow?

Reach out: Do I personally get involved in the cause? Am I helping to reach un-reached peoples, especially at the widest end of the gap?

Give: Do I transfer my vision to other Christians? Am I seeking more World Christians to stand in the Gap and serve the cause?

A world Christian is an informed Christian, a concerned, Christian and a responsible Christian.

Every church needs to realize that God did not give the commission to the mission board, the Bible College, nor the denomination. It was given to the church. Every pastor and church must get a world vision. They must set out a strategy whereby their church can reach the world with the gospel.

They must prepare missionaries and send them out from their church.

They must develop a strategy with their own people to reach the world.

Key men in key cities with key materials. That is that we prepare men that can go to key cities with all the materials that they need to make a difference.

The church must realize that it is personally responsible for the world. It must then pass this burden on to its people so that all will feel responsible to get the gospel to the world

In Wanted World Christians by J Herbert Kane on page 187-188 we find the following:

“If I were an artist I would paint a picture in two parts.  On the right I would have a large round table with three place settings–one for the father and one each for a son and a daughter.  On this table I would place all kinds of good things to eat–meat, fish, fowl, cabbage, beans, broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower.  I would have various kinds of potato–fried, baked, and mashed.  For dessert I would have a choice of pastry, pie, or ice cream or an assortment of fruit–peaches, pears, oranges, and bananas.  For a beverage the two children would have Coke, Sprite, Orange Crush, or Mountain Dew; the father would have tea, coffee, or cocoa.

On the other side of my picture I would have another table, with nine place settings, one for the mother and one for each of the eight children.  At each place setting I would have a glass of water, a bowl of soup, and a crust of bread.

And I would call my work of art, “The American Family at Dinner.”  You would come along and inspect my picture and read the caption and shake your head saying, ‘No! No! That’s a lie.  From Maine to California there isn’t a single family in which that kind of wealth and that kind of poverty can be found.  We have rich families and they share their riches.  We have poor families and they share their poverty; but no matter where you look you won’t find a single family that combines that kind of wealth and that kind of poverty.  That picture is a lie.’

And you would be right!  The picture is a lie.  But suppose I were to change the title and call my work of art, “The Human Family at Dinner.”  I should be precisely on the mark.  That is how the human family lives–part in poverty that beggar’s description and part in wealth that borders on the obscene.“

You must work at having a passion for the world.

How you think in your heart will determine the passion you have. Proverbs 23:7. You can control your thoughts. Philippians 4:8

Get out where you can see the people and their needs. Get to the world. Matthew 14:14

Fall in love with God.

Then you will love what He loves. Psalms 37:4

You will feel what He feels.

Obey God.

Read your Bible. Luke 16

Read biographies .

Stand between the living and the dead.

Give to God. Matthew 6:21

Make a conscious effort to have a passion. Work at it.

Get a world map.

Study the data.

Go to the cemetery.

Look at the lights of your city.

Pray over your city and every city you visit.

Meditate: put yourself in their place. Romans 10:1-3, 9:1-3

Pray; Matthew 9:37

Think about the judgment.

Great White Throne

Hell

Judgment Seat of Christ

Well done; Matthew 25:21

Crowns; Revelation 4:10

8 Comments
  • Posted October 20, 2014 10:22 am
    by Stephen Underwood

    Great reminders! Even in trying to grow my desire and vision for the world, I can become overwhelmed at the thought of the great work we have. I’m thankful that Christ is the One doing the work and empowers us to fulfill His Great Commission!

  • Posted October 20, 2014 10:48 am
    by Steve McVey

    Wow. Great information.

  • Posted October 23, 2014 1:41 pm
    by Eric Elrod

    Much needed reminder! As I was reading, my question was going to be how do you keep the world in front, but you answered that. Thank you.

  • Posted October 23, 2014 3:24 pm
    by Sergey

    Do you think that the local churches who do not push missions have the wrong idea or mindset of the mission is for us to carry out? Or do they just not want to push missions for comfort to the people in the church?

    • Posted October 24, 2014 11:10 pm
      by Austin Gardner

      I think that have gotten lost in the details. They do not see what they are supposed to be doing. It is not intentional

  • Posted October 23, 2014 5:28 pm
    by Andrew Wilder

    Thanks for reminding me of what I need to be doing in order for the Gospel to be heard by the whole world.

  • Posted October 23, 2014 11:05 pm
    by Kanon Bloom

    Thanks for reminding us that the field is the world and exhorting us to grow in having a world vision.

  • Posted November 4, 2014 11:34 pm
    by Tim Kelly

    Thank you for the reminder of how we should view the world as a whole and not just the place where we live or the mission field where we are going.

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