Daily Topic for March 10, 2012
One of the unique aspects of the ministry of Jesus was His relationship with the Holy Spirit. Scripture says Jesus was “full of the Holy Spirit” (Luke 4:10) and “anointed by the Holy Spirit” (Acts 10:38). He did this for our benefit, to model for us what the spirit-filled life looks like. This is so important Jesus told his disciples not to go out into all of the world until the Holy Spirit came. We see the same pattern in the gospels. Jesus was anointed at His baptism, and then He began His ministry. Without the Holy Spirit empowering us, we will be unable to reach the least-reached peoples of the world for Christ.
Pray that God would fill His Church with a desire to continually walk with the Spirit so that all nations might know His saving power.
Having just watched a TV advertisement for Easter candy, seven-year-old Eli began to ask his grandfather questions. “Grandfather, why don’t we celebrate Easter like the other German children?” He replied, “They are pagan Christians; we are Adyghe Muslims. Even though we have lived here for generations, we remain Adyghe and Muslim.” “But Grandfather, why do we do things differently from other Muslims? We eat pork and drink alcohol, but the families of my Muslim schoolmates do not have these things.” Grandfather took off his hat, and snapped, “And why do you ask so many questions? It is because we are Adyghe that we follow a different practice of Islam. But Allah the Merciful still watches over us, even in this foreign land.”
The Adyghe people lived in the northern Caucasus region for centuries. After a major uprising against Russia, the tsar ordered his military to force the Adyghes out of their ancestral lands. Most went south into Turkey and the Middle East, but some traveled west to places like Germany and Serbia. But as the grandson above suggested, they eat pork and drink alcohol in contrast to what devout Muslims would do; so they may feel some separation even from other Muslims. Perhaps a bigger feeling of separation may come from living outside their homeland.
Pray that Jesus’ followers in Germany and Serbia will befriend the Adyghes and lead them to their true Savior. Pray that the Holy Spirit will draw them to Jesus, and they will value Him far more than their physical homeland.