Sometimes I get discouraged thinking about how little influence Christianity has today. It seems that, not only have we lost a lot of ground in recent decades, but that the darkness has such an overwhelming majority among the peoples of the earth. I remember driving in Australia a few years ago, going past hundreds of homes and seeing people walking along the streets, and becoming quite irate at the fact that the ruler of the darkness has such an overwhelming following!
Jesus taught us to pray, "...Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven." What a wonderful prayer and a big vision! And yet, how far are we from achieving such a vast ambition? In light of the world's present condition, the Kingdom of God seems, oh, so small. So tiny indeed! With such a small percentage of the world's population reached, the fulfillment of the Great Commission appears to be an overwhelmingly futile prospect.
But then I began to realize that God's Kingdom--the entire scope of His reign and rule--encompasses much more than what I see from my meager earthly perspective.
In reality, the entire universe lies within God's domain. According to NASA, our own Milky Way galaxy contains an estimated 100 billion stars, and a conservative estimate indicates that there are 100 billion galaxies in the universe. Do the math and you'll soon realize that the universe is far too big for our human minds to comprehend. But let's go further. Physicists assure us that every one of these stars, as well as planets, asteroids, comets, meteors--right down to the tiniest speck of interstellar dust--all follow the law of gravity. Every molecule, every atom, and yes, every sub-atomic particle on every one of those heavenly bodies, follow perfectly the fundamental forces created by God. He set the universe in motion, and it follows His commands. While you consider the breathtaking beauty of the nighttime sky, you must also realize everything you see out there works obediently according to the laws God set in place long ago.
"Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven," is our prayer. Why? Because the only place in the universe where God's will is not being done is on the thin outer layer of a tiny speck in the midst of all that vastness--a place we call Earth. That speck is the object of Jesus' prayer, that His will be done here. His mission is to reconcile all the people of this world to Himself. And we, His disciples, are the agents of that mission.
Let's stop thinking we are outnumbered and outclassed by the darkness. God is still God of a universe that obeys Him. Now let us bring all peoples to know and obey Him as well.