Daily Topic for March 23, 2013
God’s child, meditating on God’s Word, yields fruit according to His timing. “Whatever he does prospers.” Jesus told His disciples in the intimacy of the upper room, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you to go and bear fruit -fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in My Name” (John 15:16). “Fruit” refers both to inner character and holiness-the fruit of the Spirit-and to the life that reproduces itself in others. Jesus calls us to bear fruit in a hurting world.
Thank the Lord for the good fruit that is coming from BAM work in Moscow. Pray that this fruit will last.
Believers in modern day Russia, including Moscow, are getting more involved in obeying the Great Commission. They are joining together to reach the foreigners in their midst with the gospel. The following story is fictional, but it represents what can happen when people use Business As Mission (BAM) efforts to further God’s work by hiring Muslims.
“May I help you?” Ivan said as he stared at the inebriated youth who came to the door of his rug cleaning business. “Yes,” replied the youth. Pointing at Ivan’s Kirghiz employee he said, “You can fire that parasite and hire a real Russian.” Ivan didn’t even blink as he replied, “Why would I want to fire one of my best workers? He works hard, and vodka doesn’t compromise his work. How many people do you know that work that well?” The youth murmured complaints and walked away, much to the relief of the Muslim rug cleaner.
In addition to hiring Muslims in Moscow who need work, believers are also offering Russian language classes to the Muslims. By living the way Jesus taught us to live, Muslims can see the ways of Christ really do work. Other Russian believers are teaching church members about the need to reach Muslims for the Savior. There are Russian mission mobilizers who are offering classes on how to effectively reach out to specific Central Asian and Caucasian Muslim peoples.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for the Holy Spirit to continue to work mightily in the hearts and lives of Russian believers who are reaching out to their Muslim neighbors. Pray for Business As Mission (BAM) efforts in Moscow to thrive. Pray for Christ followers to have regular contact with Muslims through language classes.