The Biblical Basis for Engaging the Unengaged
If the Bible doesn’t stress the importance of engaging every people, then we shouldn't either. But it does! Yes, we want to reach all peoples in addition to engaging them, but until we engage, we cannot reach.
“Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim good news of His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.”
I Chronicles 16
“Let the heavens be joyful and the earth rejoice; and let them say
among the nations, “The LORD reigns”
I Chronicles 16
“So that all the peoples of the earth may know Your name”
II Chronicles 6
“Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise You”
“The time is coming to gather all the nations and tongues.
And they shall come and see My glory”
“And in His name the peoples will trust”
“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world
as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come”
“Go, therefore, and make disciples among all the peoples”
“What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them,
does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture,
and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it?”
“I am an apostle to the peoples”
“That the peoples may glorify God for His mercy”
“In Him the peoples will hope”
“You purchased people for God with Your blood
from every tribe, language, people and nation.”
“I looked and saw a great multitude which no one could count,
from every nation and all the tribes, peoples and languages”
God desires that all peoples in every place have a chance to encounter Him and become worshipers. The engaged unreached have that chance; the unengaged unreached do not.
Unengaged people groups are not praising Him, declaring His glory, being made disciples of, glorifying Him for His mercy, rejoicing with His people, hoping in Him, or anticipating being among the great end-times throng of worshipers.
But we can do something about that by first engaging and then reaching them.
Which of these passages most speaks to your heart? Have you others that come to mind? If you’d like additional verses describing God’s heart for the nations, let us know, and we’ll send you some.