Daily Topic for March 03, 2009
Jesus had just called Matthew-a tax collector, a despised “sinner,” an outcast-to follow Him. This disturbed the Pharisees, who would not associate with such people. But Jesus’ response was as convincing as it was clear: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick…. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” This is the state of countless millions in our world today. Outcasts, despised minorities, oppressed peoples: are they within God’s scope of concern? In fact, our Lord focused His concern on them. Should we not do the same?
Pray that the Savior will give us His sacrificial love for the despised and oppressed.
(Continued from yesterday)
Though impressed by his wife’s healing, Georgian King Mirian III was soon distracted by his duties and hobbies. Then one day while hunting in the woods, it became so foggy that he found himself lost. In desperation, he called out to the Savior, who is in the business of finding the lost. The darkness cleared long enough for him to find his way home. After such an experience the king called for Nino, asking her to teach him the ways of the Savior. He said that he would never again worship any God but Christ. Nino taught him the basic truths of Christianity, urged him to build a church and to ask Roman Emperor Constantine for Christian priests.
Meanwhile, the King began to tell his Georgian subjects about his faith. There had been believers in Georgia for many years, but the king’s enthusiasm and example sparked a widespread people movement. His son, who succeeded him as King, was even more zealous in promoting the faith.
In 330 Georgia was declared to be a Christian nation, 10 years before Nino died. The Church became not only the center of religious faith but of the national life itself. Georgia has remained a Christian nation ever since, even to this day. (From http://www.angelfire.com/pa/besiki/lives1.html and http://www.urbana.org/wtoday.witnesses.cfm?article=37)Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Georgians, who are a Christian people living near many Muslim ethnic groups, will go as Christ’s ambassadors to those who have not yet accepted His love and salvation.