Daily Topic for October 02, 2007
How precious this promise must have been to Joshua as he assumed leadership of Israel! And this promise is for us as well: God’s presence is the greatest resource in missions. It is God Himself who moves through us to cross the cultural and social barriers which hinder understanding and acceptance of the good news about Jesus Christ. We, in our own power and energy, are not able to do this great work. Jesus reinforced this truth when He linked the command to “go and make disciples of all nations” with the promise to “be with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt. 28:19, 20).
Lord Jesus, thank You for the promise of Your presence.
(Continued from yesterday)
The ideas William Carey put forth that day in 1792 were not well received. Red-faced, with eyes flashing, the senior pastor immediately retorted, “Young man, if God intends to save the heathen, He will do so without your help or mine!” Labeled thereafter as a “miserable enthusiast,” Carey was not thwarted by this public rebuke. At the urging of a friend he wrote down his concerns in a booklet called “An Enquiry into the Obligation of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathen.” In the first section, he answered all the typical arguments of his day against mission outreach. Section II was an account of missionary work since Pentecost. Section III was a careful survey of the world as it was then known. He meticulously listed countries and islands, their populations and religion. His study was clear and persuasive, a cornerstone document for a new wave of Protestant mission outreach.
In 1792, along with 13 local pastors, Carey formed the “Particular Baptist Society for Propagating the Gospel Among the Heathen.” And he volunteered, without consulting his wife, Dorothy, to go to India as one of the board’s first missionaries. Dorothy was an illiterate villager who had never been more than a few miles from her birthplace. By now they had three sons, Felix, William and Peter, and another child was on the way.-AL (Continued tomorrow)Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Lord will give discernment to today’s missionaries to see what He wants them to do.