Daily Topic for July 11, 2006
God is no respecter of persons. First-century Jews believed that God wanted their own people to be saved, but they were much less sure about His concern for non-Jews. Surely many of the first-century Gentile Christians struggled with similar prejudices. Our natural tendency is to think that God loves us a bit more than people who are different from us.
Father, forgive our frequent self-centeredness. Lead us into sacrificial love for peoples who differ from ourselves. Give us love and grave for others.
As early Malay settlers reached the Brunei River, “Barunah” or “Oh yea!” was their cry. This favorite expression became the name of the new city-state of Barunah, which was later changed to Brunei. The population is small, around 320,000 with a GNP per capita of around $17,000. But adults and children enjoy a dazzling health-care program and a life expectancy of 74 years. Compared to surrounding areas, living is good in Brunei. Oil wealth has helped the Malay population there meet their needs.
Malay people compete with Han Chinese migrants for wealth and power in Singapore and Malaysia. Wealth is abundant in both of these other countries as well, though it is usually generated by business contacts.
The Malay people, no matter where they live, regard themselves as good Muslims. Though they honor Jesus as a great prophet, He is not their source of salvation. Muslims deny the crucifixion of the Christ, and even if they did, they would look to the Koran rather than the Bible for spiritual answers. Though Muslims believe that the Bible is corrupted, they accept the first five books of the Old Testament and the four gospels.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Malay Muslims will read the gospels, and realize their need for Jesus for salvation.-CI