|Lotus field in Henan Province, China|
In Bulgaria, Venezuela, Mexico, the Bahamas, Greece, Canada, China, Bermuda, Native American Nations, and in many of the fifty states of America, I have encountered people, who, through someone's witness have received the Good News of Jesus Christ. Just as the Revelation tells us, when God decides to wind up this finite epoch here on earth, the infinity of Heaven will be comprised of people from every kindred, tribe and tongue.
Take a moment to read the entire passage again.
Did you notice that the political or economic climate of this world does not dictate the success or advancement of the Gospel? What does? As simple as it may sound the biggest hindrance implied is neglecting to take God's Word to others. We can be sure there will be no fruit if the seed is never sown. Jesus knew, and we realize, too, that there are a lot things to share about being a Christian, but we must remain committed to the centerpiece of Scripture--the story of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. It recently struck me that since I was sixteen years old (that would be forty one years ago) I have NEVER had a Believer even attempt to share the gospel with me? How about you?
When I was in China I often thought of this passage. If you have been there, you know that the Chinese attempt to garden wherever they can find a patch of ground. Seriously, if it isn't paved with concrete--something is taking root, and it never failed to amaze me how often such unlikely soils would bear fruit. With that said, we need to keep in mind that the good soil for the seed of God's Word isn't dirt--it's the human heart, and neither you nor I can see what kind of condition it is in. We need to let God determine that.