Daily Topic for August 17, 2010
In a way, those who adhere to the “Greater Vehicle” sector of Buddhism may understand certain spiritual matters better than marginal believers in Christ. They understand the importance of worldwide salvation. The problem is that the focus of their spirituality is not Jesus Christ, the One who will be worshipped by some from every nation, tribe, people and language.
Pray that soon members of Buddhism’s “Greater Vehicle” will understand that their desire for worldwide salvation leads them to Jesus, the only Savior.
In 1976, flying into India, I could see the lightning illuminating the clouds at night. I was looking at the “land of the thunder dragon,” home of the Drukpas and other Buddhist peoples of the Himalaya Mountains. The Drukpa form of Buddhism began in western Tibet with the sighting of a dragon by monks on pilgrimage. Bhutanese state Buddhism, however, began earlier in the 8th century, when it was introduced from Tibet.
It is a form of the “Greater Vehicle” Buddhism, which has the noble aspiration to save the entire world, not just individuals.
Out of some 160,000 or more Drukpas in Bhutan, fewer than 6,000 follow Christ. There are even fewer in nearby India. The New Testament, the JESUS Film, Christian broadcasting, and gospel recordings are available in their language. The most effective witness, however, is personal testimony. One Drukpa healed of paralysis as a result of hisChristian sister-in-law’s prayer and anointing, has led over 100 fellow Drukpas to follow Christ.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for more such testimonies that will lead others to commit their lives to following Christ. Pray that the Drukpas will tune into Christian radio broadcasts and use gospel recordings. Pray for distribution and use of the New Testament. Pray that this people group will soon be used of God to lead some from every people to salvation in Christ.