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#1,040 – Loving the Unreached as Ourselves (Matthew 7:12)

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“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the law and the prophets.”
-Matthew 7:12

The golden rule, right? Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them. What if we lived like that? That changes your life and the lives of everybody around you. This is selfless, compassionate, caring love for the people around us, in our homes. And what would it look like for us to love our spouses in this way, to love our children in this way, for our children to love one another in this way, for children to love their parents in this way, for us to love coworkers in these ways, for us to love people around us, in neighborhoods and apartment complexes in these ways, for us to love enemies, as we saw in Matthew chapter five, in these ways, for us to love people who are without Christ in these ways?

Father, help us to love the unreached as ourselves. Might we be compelled to spend our lives for the sake of the nations being glad.

Let me take this to a full extreme. We pray often in this podcast for unreached people groups, and I’m always using the Joshua Project App. If you don’t have that app, let me encourage you to download that app and build that into your daily time and prayer before the Lord. It’ll take 60 seconds of your day to just pause and pray for a group of people who are unreached, who have never even heard the good news of God’s love. So I’m looking at today’s, the Malay in Indonesia. 3, 251,000 people among the Malay in Indonesia. Most of them, so it says 0.0%, there may be a few followers of Jesus. Among three million, a few followers of Jesus among the Malay in Indonesia.

And there are a part of the Malay people group that goes far beyond Indonesia. Think about the Malay of Malaysia, one of the most unreached, hardest to reach people groups in the world, strongly identifying as Muslim. To be Malay is to be Muslim. I mean, it’s illegal in Malaysia to share the Gospel with a Malay, to desire for them to come to know Jesus. And there have been strong, stiff penalties, people disappearing or dying for sharing the Gospel with the Malay. So I just want to ask the question based on Matthew chapter seven, verse 12, if you were Malay, you’d never heard the good news of God’s love in Jesus, which means you are in your sin right now on a road that leads to an eternal hell and nobody’s ever even told you how you can go to heaven. It’s illegal in your country, if you’re in Malaysia, for anybody to tell you that.

So if that’s you, what would you want someone to do for you who has the greatest news in the world about how you can be saved for all of eternity from your sin, how you can be restored to a relationship with God for eternal life? What would you want someone to do? Well, I’m guessing first and foremost, you’d at least want them to download a prayer app that reminds you to pray for them and to call out for them to come to know Jesus and then wouldn’t you want them to work, to make some kind of sacrifice, to help send the Gospel to them, to help send missionaries to Malaysia, or maybe to go to Malaysia yourself and to take the risk, to risk imprisonment, to risk your life, to make this good news known to you. Wouldn’t you want somebody to do that? Wouldn’t you want that instead of them sitting back and doing nothing, never even thinking about you, never praying for you, never giving to help get the Gospel to you, never even being willing to take a risk, to get the Gospel to you?

No, you would not want them to do that. You would not want them to do what so many followers of Christ in churches who have the Gospel do, totally ignore her, the unreached. So, God, we pray that you’d help us to love the unreached as ourselves, to do what we would want somebody to do for us if we were in their shoes, to do whatever it takes to get the greatest news in the world to us, the news of Jesus’ love to us. So, God, we want to do it now. God, we want to pray. We pray to you for the Malay. This is part of what you’ve told us to do. We pray that in your power you would bring Malay and Indonesia, Malay and Malaysia, Malay around the world to know you. God, we pray for that. We plead for that. We pray that whether it’s through dreams, visions, God, that you would open Malay eyes to circumstances, to people they meet, God, that they would somehow be exposed to your word, that you would send missionaries, send the followers of Jesus to them.

Even as we pray that we pray with love for them, God, if you’re calling us to go, that you would send us them, if you’re not calling us to go, that you would use our resources to help people get the Gospel to them. And God help us, help us together, whoever specifically, physically go to pay the price, to be willing to sacrifice so that Malay people might know your love for them in all of eternity. God, I pray in my own life, my own family, my own church and in every life, family, church represented in this podcast episode. God help us to love the unreached as ourselves, to do for them what we would wish that others would do for us if we were in their shoes. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and president of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change.
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