Obviously, billions of people know Jesus Christ. But of this mass of people, how many do you think truly believe in Him? Tens of millions? A few hundred million perhaps? The truth is no one in this planet will know. Only Jesus would because He is All Knowing.
There is a big difference between knowing, believing and understanding. A BIG difference.
Take for example the villagers of Sychar in Samaria in John 4:42, “then they [the residents of Sychar] said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.” They were also Jews but of a different “denomination.”
They knew the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In fact the well where Jesus met the Samaritan woman was called Jacob’s well. The “other” Jews hated them because they inter married with foreigners which was a big no-no is Moses’ book. This woman and the villagers know God and the promise He had given them.
They just did not know that the Promise was already standing in front of them.
These people, the Samaritans, knew and understood but they could not bring themselves to believe until they saw with their own eyes and revealed through the Holy Spirit the truth about Jesus. They were “captured” by what was taught them. Its what Jesus termed as the blind leading the blind (gMatthew 15:14).
But Jesus is the Truth! He is the Way, and most especially, the Life. When Jesus talked with the Samaritan woman, and told her things that no stranger would know, the woman immediately knew that Jesus is special. People in her village had to know–and they did!
Because Jesus shared the Good News with one woman, a whole village believed! That is why it is important to share the Gospel or the Good News of Jesus. God can use us as He used Jesus to redeem people like the villagers of Sychar or even simply, a woman by a well that God can use to spark revival.
This is what is happening in villages in Ouagadoudou, capital of Burkina Faso, where my best friend and his wife are now sharing the good news of Jesus to people where they are complete strangers. Just like Jesus to the Samaritan woman. They are strangers to each other but it is no barrier. Language is not a barrier, that is why they are learning French, the tongue spoken there. Money is no barrier because God provides. Sickness is not a barrier because Jesus is the Healer.
It is important for them to share the love of Jesus that they are there. They were called there and they obeyed. That is how important it is for them to share the gospel. May we have the same feelings towards others.