John Wesley, former Anglican priest, who was part of the revival in England that had such transforming effects upon society that England was spared from suffering a revolution such as France when through when many literally lost their heads. He is also the founder of the group now known as the Methodists due to his methods of discipling new believers. He is quoted as having said, “The world is our parish.”
How true that is today. With the internet avalable to us; instant messenger; Skype messenger, phone calls and video calls; Blackberry Messenger worldwide for free to another Blackberry; long-distant packages allowing unlimited calling; unlimited text messaging and so many other ways to communicate and connect. Think of some of the phenominal things that happen daily…
In the on-line edition (sent by email) of the New York Times there is more information than the average person in John Wesley’s time would likely encounter in a lifetime.
On average 7.3 million new pages of information are being added to the visible World Wide Web today – and more will be added tomorrow.
In the next several hours 1,000 books will be published.
The total of all printed knowledge will double in the next five years.
On average ther are well over 6 billion instant messages sent each day.
Our world will make available more information in the next decade than has been discovered in all of human history.
Our world is now producing nearly two exabytes of new and unique messages placed in over 260,000 billboards, 11,520 newspapers, 11,556 periodicals, 27,000 video outlets, 50,000 new book titles, and 60 billion pieces of junk mail every year.
And, in the midst of all of this there is a “holy nation” within the nations working to make their voice heard so as to tell others about Jesus. The whole world is open to us and available through the amazing modern technology that is now sitting inside your laptop or iPad.
I chat daily with people in South Africa, Russia, United States of America, Canada, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Turkey, England, Finland and a growing list of other nations. In many cases I am sharing the Gospel with non-believers; in others I am discipling new believers. For some I am training and equipping; still others are being mentored. Gee! Sounds like what should be happening in a parish or local church. John Wesley was right, “The world is our parish” and so much easier to connect with then ever before in the history of humankind.
And who are you connecting with? Whose life are you impacting with the Gospel and the power of God? Remember, we are called to “go into all the world and make disciples…” and a lot of that can be done from the comfort of your home. Not all but a lot.