Daily Topic for May 08, 2007
The passage of Romans 3:21-29 is a glorious one, proclaiming that we are justified not by the outward performance of the works of the Law, but by an inward heart of obedience and faith. The path to becoming righteous in God’s sight is the same for all men-“the gift of His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus” (v.24). Meditate on this great truth today. The very God that we worship is the same God over the entire human race. He’s the God of Animists, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Taoists, Buddhists, and others. They may not know it, but He is their God. How He longs to be their Savior, too! What a wonder it is that He has entrusted us with the gospel to share with them.
Pray that the Father will help us to see the unreached peoples as He does.
The elderly woman asked, “Doesn’t the Bible say we’re to go to the ends of the earth to minister?” There she was, one of 2,000 who live in the pueblo of Mezontla, Puebla, Mexico. She knew enough Scripture to ask the right question. Her question can be answered in one word, “yes.”
She also wanted to know, “Where are the people who are ministering to us?” That is not as easily answered. They certainly were not the local Protestants. Their church building has not been used in years for lack of a pastor. Who will answer her question?
The woman’s question suggests that she and her neighbors may well see themselves living at the ends of the earth, not just the end of the road; too distant for anyone to care. Her question also suggests interest in the gospel, if only someone would tell them about Jesus. According to the Joshua Project, all the Zapotec subgroups are reached except the Mezontla Popolacas and the Tejalapans.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the woman’s questions will soon be answered, that a minister will soon go to her town. Pray that the town’s believers will realize that they are a church with responsibility to exercise their gifts in worship, Bible study, and community outreach.-TP