Daily Topic for October 01, 2012
God has many purposes for calling us to be his witnesses. One of these is that we might get to know Him better and grow in our faith. Often we tell others about Christ hoping that they will get to know the Lord; but we are not aware that God also wants us to know Him better.
Pray that Bengali believers might grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord (2 Peter 3:18) as they tell other Bengalis about Christ. Pray also that they may deepen their relationship with Him.
William Carey grew up as a nominal Christian member of a local church in England. “I wanted something,” he said, “but had no idea that nothing but an entire change of heart could do me good.” When he was 18, he decided to actively seek a vital, dynamic relationship with Christ.
A New Testament commentary Carey borrowed contained passages in Greek, and he learned Greek with the help of a friend from this commentary. He also taught himself to read French and Dutch in a matter of a few weeks. His linguistic gifts were later greatly used as he submitted them to God. Mainly self-educated, William Carey devoured any reading material he could get his hands on. A book about Captain Cook’s Pacific explorations especially intrigued him. For the first time Carey became aware of the unevangelized world.
In 1792 he attended an innocent little meeting of Particular Baptist pastors in England. Out of this gathering came events that rocked the foundations of church history. The custom was for each of these pastors to suggest a topic for discussion at the following meeting. William Carey’s topic suggestion was a bombshell: “whether the command given to the Apostles, to �teach all nations’ (Matthew 28:18-20) was not obligatory on all succeeding ministers until the end of the world.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Holy Spirit to help each of us to see our blind spots in regard to obeying His will.