“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“The World to Christ We Bring”
(Please read Matthew 28:19-20 and 2 Peter 3:9)
You probably recognize our title as a quotation from the song, “Christ for the World We Sing.” The words to this hymn were written by a Cleveland preacher named Samuel Wolcott, a former missionary in Syria. The local YMCA borrowed his church building one day in 1868 to hold a rally, and Wolcott was impressed by a YMCA banner bearing the words, “Christ for the World and the World for Christ.” As he walked home that evening, he put together the lyrics of the song in his mind.
Christ is indeed “for the world.” We need reminding again and again of the universal nature of the gospel message. God is no respecter of persons, and he would love for all to be brought to Christ.
The second part of the song, as in our title, seems to give us problems. It’s true that there are missionary efforts in much of the world, and we thank God for them; but we haven’t been really successful in bring the world to Christ. Our remarks here are not accusing anyone, but just a few words we hope will help rekindle someone’s zeal to bring a friend or neighbor to Christ.
Often in discussing mission work, folks tend to focus on great missionary projects involving numbers of people, and that’s fine. But let’s not forget that one Christian can be God’s instrument for helping bring the world to Christ, one person at a time. Who knows, today may the day that words from your mouth will take root in the heart of someone and blossom into obedient faith in Christ. We hope so.