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One word defines ISIS: terrorism. Something so negative, though, should motivate us in something so positive.

ISIS—as everyone knows—has a global agenda. They are determined to overtake the world. Everywhere they go, they leave destruction in their path. John 10:10 describes their evil actions by saying, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, to destroy.”

Against something so evil, we must ask ourselves, “Since I have a message that will save against destruction, am I as global thinking as I need to be?” In accordance with Acts 1:8, we should think of our immediate neighbor, then of our neighborhood, then of our state, our nation, and ultimately our world.  We need a global vision for good in contrast to ISIS who has a global vision for evil.

Why do I emphasize that? Because as I have traveled as an evangelist for more than 43 years, I have observed that Christians often make two mistakes. The first is that their vision is so narrow that they see their neighbor but don’t see their neighborhood. In other words, they see one person who lives next door who needs the gospel instead of the nearly 50 who live on the same block.  The vision needs to be as big as God’s plan is - Jerusalem, Judea, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth (Acts 1:8).

The second mistake is that they focus so much on the one person who at the moment could not be any more closed to the gospel that they miss the person standing nearby who is searching for answers. I can absolutely understand the concern for the closed non-Christian. At the same time, though, we shouldn’t dare to think of the one to such an extent that it causes us to lose sight of the multitudes. Our vision must be for people anywhere and everywhere, not just for one person.

When you think of ISIS, pray for all those who are a part of that movement. But for the grace of God they would be us (1 Corinthians 6:11). They need Jesus. At the same time, as you are confronted with their global vision, ask yourself the question, “Since I have the good news of the gospel, do I have a passion to help get that saving message to the entire world?”
 

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