Friday, March 17, 2017
The missionary to Africa loved the people he was ministering to. He gave his life to help them. They too loved him. They came every day to his place—with their sores and sicknesses. He was not a doctor, but he would bind up their wounds and treat them. Then he would tell them about Jesus and pray for them. Miracles happened. People were healed. The crowds increased. So the missionary worked even harder from sunrise to dark. Then his health reached the breaking point, and he was forced to go back home to recover. A medical doctor was sent to replace him. He too was a missionary. But fewer people came. They knew he did not love them as the other man did. This doctor was simply performing a duty.
Do you love the people you minister to, or is your ministry mere duty? When you love Muslims with the love of Christ, you will be surprised at how open they are to come to Jesus.
Loving and self-sacrificing God, I worship and bless you. You poured out your love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Roman 5:5). Thank you. I pray that by the same Spirit, you will put in my heart a special love for Muslims. They are lost, and they desperately need Jesus.
Grant me to tell them about the greatest love ever known and the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made at Calvary. Anoint me with the Holy Spirit as I share the Good News with them. Fill my heart with compassion for the lost. May I see hard hearts melt and those who are utterly lost come to Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior!
In his precious name I pray. Amen.
The poor and the needy look for water and find none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD shall provide for their wants; I, the God of Israel, shall not forsake them (Isaiah 41:17, REB).
 The Story of Teddy Hodgson as told in A Man Called Mr. Pentecost, Logos, Plainfield, NJ, 1977, pp. 159-161.