something about that name

As I turn out the lights, sing the final song of the day, and tuck the covers under the chin of my five year old son Mason, one last thought passes through my lips to his ear.

Did you know, Mason that Jesus loves you very much?

Yes, is his sleepy reply.

That's so wonderful sweetie. Do you also know that there is another 5 year old little boy in the world somewhere, probably named Mason too, who has never ever heard the name of Jesus? 

His eyes open and he turns over on his pillow to look at me.

Never? he asks, surprised and a little more awake now. 

No sweetie, never. How do you think Mason will ever know about Jesus? 

I don't know mom, at church? 

Well, sadly there aren't any churches where Mason lives, at least not any that teach about Jesus. 

Will his mom and dad tell him? 

You know buddy, his mom and dad have probably never heard the name of Jesus either, so they wouldn't be able to teach him even if they wanted to. Hey, I know that your sleepy, but let's sit up for a sec and pray for this little boy. Let's pray that God would send someone to him who already knows that Jesus loves him.

Like me mom?

Yes babe, just like you. 

Part of regular discussion around our house is "the world". Not so much world influences as opposed to biblical influences. But the world in terms of country and cultures different from our own. Little kids have limited experiences and a self-centered worldview. It's just they way they are. So, if we want to get them thinking about world issues, such as poverty, oppression, and unreached people groups, we have to open the dialogue. 

We have several globes in our home, a couple I haven't painted over. A big atlas sits on a low table for the kids to thumb through. Daddy has been to India recently, and he shares all of his great adventures with us, and every once in a while mommy brings out an old green photo album from that time she went to Vietnam. 

But why? Why do we feel the need to make our children aware of people who need Jesus? 

We teach our kids a lot about obedience. Obey mommy, obey daddy, did you obey, why are you not obeying... all common phrases in our house. We expect and require obedience because we now that training our children to have obedient hearts is what is best for them. We are not perfect parents, and a lot of times I ask them to do things because it is what is best for me, not them. But under the overarching sovereignty of God, they are still required to obey in those times. It is training for a time when they will hear a command from their heavenly Father and be expected to obey. 

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, โ€œAll authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
— Matthew 28:16-20

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Did you heard the command? The command to Go. Make disciples. Baptize in the Name. Teach everything commanded. 

How many of us have heard this command and brushed it off like it isn't for us? What right do we have to ignore or excuse a direct command from the One who has all authority in heaven and earth?? 

I am not writing these words to lay a guilt trip on anyone or to encourage every believer to begrudging hand in a couple thousand dollars to check of a box of obedience to the great commission. What I am concerned about is the condition of our hearts, my heart, when we ignore a command from Christ and it has zero affect on us. 

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
— Phil 2:9-11

There is a lot of discussion to be had here. Discussion about not going in our own power, waiting for the call, being strategically reckless not just reckless. These discussion have been opened with my people. With my husband, in our church gatherings, in social circles around dinner, and with my sleepy eyed children before bed. 

Be challenged to open a discussion in your homes and in your churches about the need in the world for the great name of Jesus to be spread to the ends of the earth, to places it has not yet been named.

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He is worthy.

And they sang a new song, saying,

โ€œWorthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.โ€

Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice,

โ€œWorthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!โ€
— Revelation 5:9-12

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Resources:

For more information on unreached people groups, check out The Joshua Project

For information on training for your church to understand the call to go to the unreached visit sixteen:fifteen for some excellent resources and free webinars.

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The first exercise