Daily Topic for March 11, 2008
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.
“Panta ta ethne.” This Greek phrase appears in a passage of Scripture that has come to be known as the Great Commission. It can be translated “all the nations, ethnic backgrounds, families, tribes, clans, etc.” Jesus sent His followers to make disciples of every people group, no matter what their size or location.
Was He referring to the Enet people of western Siberia? In the 1970s, there were only 340 Enet people. A census in 2002 found just 237. Does He really expect us to go to the trouble of sharing the gospel with this tiny nomadic group? The answer is a resounding yes! But in order for them to be reached, we must act quickly. The Enets are rapidly dying out due to such forces as alcoholism, unemployment and poverty. Their life expectancy is a mere 45 years. Though possibly due to social or political pressures they may be called nominal Christians, they practice Animism. They worship tree spirits, ancestral spirits, and the god, Numi-Torem.
God created the Enets to give glory to His Name in a unique way. His heart breaks at the thought that they might miss out on an eternity of fellowship with Him.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Ask Him to send workers to the Enets. Pray that God will free them from their bondage to false gods. Pray for the Holy Spirit to raise disciples from among this small but very precious ethne, and use them to give the Enet people a purpose for life.-CL