024002 Finding God in the mysteries of every day-Free Devotional
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Hebrews 11:13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. (NIV)
There are few who understand the Christian heart in this world today. The impact of our witness sets us up as “foreigners and strangers”. Although some will ultimately become followers, the true witness of Jesus Christ strikes fear into the hearts of most people in the world. The message which should be one of “good news” (gospel) is frightening in that like the rich young ruler (Matthew 19:16-22) the very idea of following Jesus represents at the very least a threat to the vested interests of the one who at least hears the message. Strangers are to be feared the common wisdom says. In these days, much as in Jesus’ day the movement of people is growing exponentially and to some the very idea of borders is anathema. Will this aid in the spread of the gospel? I do not know. Many years ago a book was published entitled Missions have come home to America (1986 Jerry Appleby amazon.com) the book demonstrates well the fact that so many ethnic groups have settled in other countries that it has led even to a missionary movement to reach these groups where they have settled.
The question then is this. Are you still living as a witness to Jesus our Christ, our living messiah in your world today?