Daily Topic for March 27, 2012
In the book of John Jesus gives the model for mission which is His life. Theologians call this the “incarnational model” of ministry. The Father sent his Son to earth in a way none of us can replicate. But Paul said, “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some” (1 Cor 9:22). Mission is a summons to sacrifice, to moving beyond comfort zones, and entering another’s world. No one said it would be easy, but if Jesus is God, and He sacrificed so much for our sake, we too are called to nothing less.
Pray that a new generation of missionaries would take Jesus to the ends of the earth.
Tajikistan is the mountainous center of Central Asia, surrounded by the Asian republics of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan. The Tajiks have been repeatedly invaded and conquered, starting with the Greek armies of Alexander the Great, then the Mongols led by Genghis Khan, and later the Turks and the British, and finally the Russians. The numerous invasions have been a major factor in the dispersion of Tajiks to other locations, including the Ukraine where 4,000 now live.
Tajiks are a very creative people. They love music and poetry, and even the Qur’an has been put to music. In his book, Eternity in Their Hearts, Don Richardson claims that there is startling evidence of the belief in one true God in hundreds of cultures, and that God has preserved a testimony in every culture that is a key to sharing the gospel message. Music and poetry could be the key to reaching the Tajiks for Christ. Introducing them to the great poet David and his Psalms might have special meaning for the Tajiks. They are a people who are often open to a discussion of spiritual things. They understand the concept of sacrifice that could lead to a redemptive analogy of the Lamb of God being God’s sacrifice for the sins of the world.
Pray that evangelists targeting the Tajiks in the Ukraine will find the cultural keys that can enable the gospel message to ring true in their hearts.