Today there are 2.3 billion believers today who call themselves followers of Jesus. There are 5 million churches, 43,000 denominations and over 12 million full time Christian workers, yet 99.7 % of all ministry financial support goes to building and maintaining the existing Church. Only .3% is spent on extending the reach of the Church.
What about the Lord’s Great Commission? His command is clear, “go and make disciples of ALL nations.” Matthew 28:19
What is our progress? Have we been obedient?
At this point, there are still 4,000 languages with no written or oral Scriptures, 3,000 people groups with no missionary, over 1 million villages with no church, and 3.5 billion Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and secularists without Christ.
Why hasn’t every people group been reached? How can you make your life Count for Zero, so that one day there would be:
• Zero Languages without the Scriptures
• Zero People Groups without Disciple-makers
• Zero People who have not heard the Gospel
• Zero Oral Learners without an Oral Bible
• Zero Village or Neighborhoods without a Church
It is said in 1 Chronicles 12:32, that the men of Issachar understood the times and knew what Israel should do. It is time for a new generation of Issachar Leaders, men and women who understand the times and know from Scriptures what needs to be done to finish the Great Commission.
The Lord has shown you great favor. He has given you a voice of influence and a global calling in this generation for His Kingdom purposes.
Because of your leadership in the battle for the souls of man, please consider how you can use the time, talent, treasure, networks and the truth that God has entrusted to you toward the fulfillment of the most important assignment that our Lord Jesus left to you and to me, to “go and make disciples of all nations”.
Here are 5 intentional steps you can take to make your life Count for Zero:
1. Partner financially with those who are working on the front line of missions. If you don’t know where to begin your research, a list of organizations committed to ZERO among the unreached can be found at CFZ Organizations
2. Learn, share and multiply the message about the remaining “gaps” through the FREE small group study at Count for Zero Curriculum.
3. Attend, help mobilize and consider hosting your own Issachar Summit.
4. Inspire others by sharing your story at Count for Zero Stories.
5. Sharpen your strategic efforts through the tools available at Issachar Resources.
Pat Murdock is Executive Director of the Issachar Initiative, which exists to serve the body of Christ by bringing vision and focus so its resources are strategically directed toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
by Pat Murdock