“… God is with us…” (Matthew 1:23NLT)
Our Daily Bread devotional book told a story about a pioneer missionary Ludwig Nommensen who begin his work among the Batak tribes of Southeast Asia. When he was there, a village chief gave him two years to learn the customs and to convince them that he had a message worth hearing. At the end of that time he was asked how Christianity differenced in its moral rules from the traditions of the Batak.
“We know what is right,” said the tribal leader, “for we too have laws that say we must not steal, or take our neighbor’s wives, or tell lies.”
“That’s true,” the missionary answered, “but my Master supplies the power needed to keep these laws.”
The chief was startled. “Can you really teach my people to live better?” he inquired.
“No, I can’t, but if they receive Jesus Christ, God will give them the strength to do what’s right.”
Being permitted to remain another six months, Nommensen preached the gospel and taught the villagers how the Holy Spirit works in the believer’s life. At the end of that time the chief said, “You may stay longer. Your religion is better than ours, for your God walks with men and gives them strength to do the good things He requires.”
Do you believe that?
THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.