Daily Topic for April 30, 2008
The final scene of the book of Acts is a familiar one-Jewish leaders arguing with Paul about who should receive God’s blessings, Jews or Greeks. We can picture Paul shaking his head and quoting Isaiah’s description of Israel’s spiritual callousness (28:26-27). Paul’s audience had not listened to the prophets or to Jesus, and now they rejected Paul as well. He wanted them to realize that their hardness of heart was one reason for his focus on the Gentiles. The book of Acts ends as it begins, with God’s concern that the Church should proclaim His salvation to all the nations.
Father, show Yourself strong on our behalf as we bear the Name of Jesus to the unreached peoples.
“I don’t like that God. I only like the God of the Arabs.” The five-year-old Moroccan boy’s comment regarding a song about Jesus put a temporary damper on the WEC sponsored day camp meeting in Spain. He had already been taught to avoid anything Christian, and the song referred to Jesus as a “friend.” The missionary replied, “God loves everybody, Arabs and Spanish. He loves you, me and everyone in this room.” They continued the song, and the boy joined in. At the end of the week, the boy’s mother asked if she could take the song charts home to use in practicing English with her son.
These WEC International workers are trying to be careful in what they say so as not to damage new friendships with these Arab Muslim families. Spain offers far more religious liberty than the North African countries where these families come from, so they have the chance to share the love of Jesus in a way that would be impossible in a Muslim country.
Finding few if any friends among the majority peoples of Europe, the Muslim communities often become inward looking. Some of their religious teachers promote terrorism against the “Christian” Europeans. Friendship evangelism is a key way to glorify Christ and undermine those who promote terrorism.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that efforts by WEC workers will result in many Muslims coming to know Jesus as their best friend, and lord of their lives.-KC