Daily Topic for August 04, 2008
The “new covenant” in Jesus’ blood describes a precious relationship for each of us. This relationship reconciles us to God and gives us freedom and forgiveness of sins because of what the Lord Jesus has done for us. God’s desire is that the whole earth would enter into this covenant relationship, and His Word promises us that individuals from every nation eventually will. Unfortunately, many of the earth’s peoples have never been able to respond to God’s offer of such a relationship because they have never heard and seen the good news in an understandable form.
Lord, convict us of the sin of taking our “covenant” relationship for granted. Open our hearts, our hands, our lives to the world’s peoples.
In the hallway of Antwerp’s main diamond market over half of the merchants were black-haired Asians. These Asians were from the Gujarati people group in India, and they now controlled 90 percent of the world’s trade in uncut diamonds. Often entire Gujarati extended families work together at the same trading table. Strong family ties have made it possible for this people group to control the world’s diamond trade.
The Gujaratis are one of India’s richest people groups. Besides living in India, they also live in South Africa, the nation with the world’s largest diamond mines. Many others make their home in the United Kingdom and the United States, though the vast majority still live in India.
The Gujaratis are mostly Hindus, but a few are Muslim or of the Jain religion. The Jains are the most likely to be involved with the diamond trade. Very few Gujaratis have committed their lives to Jesus. They may be materially rich, but have yet to find the “pearl of great price,” which is salvation in Jesus Christ.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that God would open the hearts of the Gujaratis to the message of salvation through Christ alone. Ask the Lord to break the hold that materialism and Hinduism have on this people group. Ask God to raise up the right people to reach out to this people group.-WK