Globally, mankind has a sense of a supreme being. Almost all ethnic groups believe in some kind of authority beyond this world. Most also believe in some type of life beyond the present and a belief that humanity will be held accountable for its conduct.
In the country of Morocco, the people use the word ‘Baraka’ which is defined as grace or blessing. Another world ‘niyya’ means good intention. They believe that if one gives grace or blessing with a good intention, it will eventually come back to them. The more they give, the greater will be the blessing that they will receive in return.
Although, many in the world have misguided beliefs concerning these issues, nonetheless, most believe in some type of life after death and that accountability will be required. It is for this reason, most man-made religions believe in a merit system to achieve salvation. They work hard to earn their salvation, but never know if they have done quite enough to truly be saved.
The Lord has given the church truth concerning these issues. As Christians we are saved by grace through faith in the work of Christ on the cross. To those on the merit system, this seems too easy and many fail to accept it. Nonetheless, we are to share the message of salvation so that they will have an opportunity to receive it.
Matthew 10:8 says, “Freely you have received, freely give”. To freely give, means not only the sharing of the gospel, but also the resources to enable the good news to be carried to all nations. The Lord has commanded us to be faithful in this responsibility and has promised that we will be rewarded, if not in this life, the one that is to come. Luke also highlights giving when he says, “Give and it will be given to you…For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” and “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required”. (Luke 6:38 and 12:48 respectively) Surely, we have been blessed and received far more than we deserve.
We at Global have the wonderful opportunity to share this good news with those who haven’t heard and give answers to the questions they have sought for generations. We can do nothing about those who have gone to their grave never having heard the message, but we can bring light to those who sit in darkness today. Let us be faithful in so doing.
Alver Rance serves as a missionary at Global University. Alver and his wife Linda served as missionaries to Latin America for 35 years. For more information about Global University, visit www.globaluniversity.edu