Did you see the photos of the primitive Brazilian tribe this week? I saw them on Yahoo. It reminded me of the last line in John Piper’s book Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ (Crossway, 2009): “And with a full grasp of the possible cost before us, and with full courage because of Christ, let us walk softly to every unreached people that remains” (p.118). According to the BBC, Brazilian officials have known about this tribe located deep in the Amazon rain forest for some twenty years. They have kept their existence and location information confidential in order to not disturb or exploit the tribe. Due to outside influences, however, the news of the tribe and the aerial photos were finally released. I don’t know about you, but I was excited to hear the account and see the pictures. You might know why. Consider the following words from John’s Revelation:
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood individuals from every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (5:9).
Doesn’t that fit nicely with John 3:16?! Heaven will be populated with people from every tribe! That requires that every tribe is reached with the gospel. The Apostle Paul wrote these words:
“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher” (Rom. 10:14)?
Every Christian affirms the following statement: Christians should be goers or senders. Affirming a statement, however, does not necessarily lead to the practice of its implications. If God has not specifically called us to the mission field, we must take our responsibility seriously to be a sender of those He has indeed called. This is an exciting work in which to be engaged! Reaching the tribes of the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ is connected with the glorious second coming of Jesus Christ! I want Jesus to return; therefore, I want to see at least one member of each tribe come to saving faith! Join me in prayer. Find a missionary on the frontline whom you can support with encouraging words, financial assistance and prayer. This is a good work!