Daily Topic for August 07, 2009
These familiar words of the Lord Jesus to the church at Ephesus should serve as a strong warning to us, particularly to those of us who have known Christ for some time. It is so easy to become complacent in the Lord’s service, going through the motions, but having lost the zeal and fervor which characterized our early experience with Him. Many young people can show us the way. Their earnest love for the Lord Jesus is expressed in their unreserved willingness to serve Him in the frontier missions movement, regardless of the cost.
Pray that the survey work in Uttar Pradesh will not be done in a spirit of complacency, but in a way that will spread zeal for Christ and for making Him known throughout this populous state.
A Hindu wrote, “Uttar Pradesh is a state which has been cared for by the sufis and saints, prophets and intellectuals, the state with the confluence of religions, regions, caste and creed. This is the peculiarity of the state owned by gods.”
Christian Indians read the Hindu’s comments with special interest. They are preparing for the start of a survey that could result in stronger efforts to reach people who have no awareness of the power and glory of God and His saving grace.
Uttar Pradesh is the most populated state in India. It has more than 190 million souls; 81 percent are Hindus, 18 percent are Muslims, and the rest are Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists. Christians of any persuasion make up far less than one percent of the population.
In the Hindu community, there are various sub groups based on the castes to which they belong. Brahmins make up the highest caste. A Christian team has developed a recent program that will utilize trained church planters to do a comprehensive survey of this vast state so that they can develop a more organized outreach.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that this survey and all Christian outreach in this area will result in a stronger program to reach the multitude of souls from all different religions. Pray that God will bring about more than we can imagine for His Kingdom. Pray that militant Hindus will not successfully interfere with efforts to draw others to Jesus.-PD