Daily Topic for June 08, 2007
Paul, of all Christ’s apostles, probably had the most intimate knowledge of the Old Testament. After his conversion he spent three years in Arabia, re-studying the Scriptures under the illumination of the Holy Spirit. As Paul came to understand the centrality of God’s promises through Abraham, he realized the priority of being a channel of blessing to “all the families of the earth.” This priority throughout his ministry resulted in the establishment of culturally appropriate, evangelizing churches among a score of Gentile people groups throughout the Mediterranean world.
Lord, open our eyes as well to the mission themes of Scripture, and use Your Word to lead us to new faith and obedience.
The soccer match is close to the end, and both teams are weary from running up and down the field. Suddenly, one of the players of the red team dashes to the opponents’ sideline, takes off his red shirt, replaces it with a blue one, and runs out to the field to play for the opposing team.
He can’t do that! You say. To a Malay Muslim in Malaysia, anyone who turns from Islam to Christianity would be doing that very same thing. According to Malaysia’s constitution, “a Malay is one who practices Malay customs, habitually speaks the Malay language and adheres to Islam.”
Though Malaysia is doing well economically, much of their success is due to the business prowess of the ethnic Chinese among them, many of whom are Christians. The Malays, who dominate the government, have set up affirmative action quotas to ensure that Malays get a certain number of positions in universities. To them, the Chinese are the blue team. Any Muslim who turned away from Islam would be viewed as a traitor.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Holy Spirit will speak to the hearts of Malay leaders, and give them a desire to seek truth and righteousness found only in Christ.-KC