Reaches 7 Billion!
The United Nations marked October 31, 2011 as the day when the world population reached 7 billion souls! Although it is impossible to determine exactly when this population milestone was reached, we can say that there are approximately this number of people on earth at this time.
This is an astronomical number of people! For example, the moon is an average of 238,857 miles from the earth. If people were to stand side by side at three foot intervals, one mile would allow 1,760 people to stand beside each other. At this rate, 420,388,320 people, standing side by side, would reach the moon. And that span would need to be repeated 16.65 times for the entire 7 billion to reach the moon! World population would reach the moon more than 16 times, standing side by side! This earth is teeming with people!
The Fort Worth Star Telegram pointed out the length of time it took for the world population to increase. In 1804, there were 1 billion people on earth. By 1927, there were 2 billion; by 1959 there were 3 billion; by 1974 there were 4 billion; by 1987 there were 5 billion, and by 1998 there were an amazing 6 billion people on earth! Now, only 13 years later, there are approximately 7 billion souls on this earth! When I was a child, there were roughly 2.5 billion people here and now that number has increased nearly threefold to 7 billion!
We must also realize that nearly all of these people are lost. They are separate from Christ, have no hope, and are without God in the world (Ephesians 2:12). Although we really dont know how many people know Christ in this world, suppose there are 10 million true Christians. This would mean that there would be only one Christian in 700 people! If there are only 5 million people who have been born again, this would be one person in 1,400 people! And if there are only 1 million true believers, this would be one saved person in 7,000 lost persons! Again, we just dont know how many people are genuinely saved, but know that number is very, very small.
Remember that Jesus said, Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it (Matthew 7:13-14). The Lord urges us to enter the narrow gate and walk the narrow way that leads to eternal life. He warns that there is a wide gate and a broad way that leads to eternal destruction. Many are on the broad way, while few are on the narrow way!
Realizing that there are so many unsaved people on earth should make us recognize the extent of our work on earth. Many professing Christians waste their time watching TV, going to sports events, and viewing movieswhen millions and millions are perishing in spiritual darkness! About 150,000 people (mostly unsaved) die every single day. What are we doing about this? Recall Jesus words to His disciples: Lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest (John 4:35b). Remember too our Lords words: Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation (Mark 16:15).
With such a vast number of people lost around us and so many dying each day without a Savior, can we do anything other than be involved in reaching this great multitude with the only message that can save them from eternal ruinthe good news of Christ Jesus! I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16a).
Remember that there are now 7 billion people on earth in need of the saving message of a crucified and risen Saviorthe Lord Jesus Christ! Let us look at these lost and perishing people in love, concern, and fear for the sake of our gracious God!