Today I was reminded of something from my Papua New Guinea orientation training from over three years ago. We were sitting in class – we had loads of class time – learning about the PNG culture. We learned about cannibalism, cargo cults, the heterogeneity of the people, the 850+ languages, animistic religious practices, the remoteness of so many villages. Pretty much, we who were new to the country were sitting there with this sinking feeling in our guts, wondering how in the world these people can be reached with the Gospel.
We felt much like the followers of Christ did in the story of the rich young ruler (Luke 18:18-30). Jesus tells them that it’s “easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” And they asked him, “Then who can be saved?”
After learning the history of the people of PNG, I wondered the same thing… “How can they ever be reached?” And then I remembered what Jesus said next. “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”
The same rings true for the current state of our nation. We may look on with hopelessness at the violence, racism, the morality shifts, social justice, and wonder the same thing… “Then who can be saved?” “How can they all be reached?”
But we can rest in the fact that “what is impossible with men is possible with God.”
We have seen and heard of so many miracles happening in PNG, and around the world, in places that seem impossible to reach – people coming to know and accept the Gospel of Jesus in spite of past cultural and societal pressures and circumstances.
Praise God for that – we can trust Him to do the impossible!