Daily Topic for February 26, 2012
Because Israel was entrusted with great blessings, her mandate was equally great: to bless all the families of the earth. When the chosen nation rebelled in selfishness and idolatry, her punishment was correspondingly severe. But is it not the same for us? Jesus declared, “From everyone who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48). We who know Jesus Christ and who have the means to take the blessings of the gospel to the ends of the earth are obligated by our opportunities to do so.
Thank our Gracious God for our blessings, and acknowledge the responsibility they place upon us. Pray that He will keep us from the sins of selfishness and self-indulgence.
Manda’s rich milk-chocolate skin glistened in the scorching sun as he harvested the peanuts from his small farm. His four wives took turns leaving their butter churning and honey gathering to bring him water, but his muscles ached from the stooping and bending necessary to gather his crop.
Manda’s thoughts wandered to the JESUS Film he’d watched the night before. Outsiders had shown it against the wall of a house, and he had watched from the edge of the crowd. There had been an invitation to follow this Jesus. He wanted to do it, but the fear of persecution from his fellow Muslims had kept his feet and his heart firmly planted where he was. But there was a stirring, a drawing he had felt in his soul. Manda wondered if this Jesus would accept him. How could he ever find this amazing one who claimed to be the Anointed One?
Pray for the 11,000 Dialonke Yalunka people, since the hard soil of their surroundings keeps all but a few from sinking the roots of their souls deep into the truth of Christ. Pray that as the soil is broken, principalities and powers will be cast down, and many will embrace the ways of Jesus Christ.