Daily Topic for March 11, 2007
This text is especially applicable to North Americans. No society in history has been entrusted with more material and spiritual resources than ours. How much, then, does God expect of us in helping to fulfill the Great Commission? How much does He expect of you? The faithful and sensible steward is one who is doing his master’s will while waiting for his master’s imminent return.
Father, we long to be faithful stewards of our talents and wealth for the advancement of Your kingdom to the ends of the earth.
Helmut looked at his friend, Hakkim, and furrowed his eyebrows. “Hakkim, why are you taking a train to Munich?” Hakkim continued packing his suitcase, and replied, “I am going to a meeting of the European Druze Society. There are very few of us in the Middle East, let alone here in Europe. If we don’t get a chance to meet one another, our religion and culture may die out.” Helmut replied, “I thought you were a Muslim.” Hakkim said, “Our religion was originally meant to be a reform movement within Islam.”
Adherents of the Druze religion live mostly in the Middle East, specifically Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel. Fitting in with Islamic customs has been their preferred way to prevent being persecuted. But in Europe, they face a different challenge. How do they keep their culture and religion alive when they are so few in number? In February of 2005, Druzes came together in Munich, Germany to eat, dance, pray, and most of all, to meet one another. Like Muslims, the Druze believe that Jesus is only a prophet, not the gate that leads to eternal life.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Christians in Europe will reach out to their Druze neighbors and show them the way to Jesus.-KC