Rabu, 21 Juni 2017

3 Ways We Hate Sin in Others More Than in Ourselves

3 Ways We Hate Sin in Others More Than in Ourselves

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“We can easily hate the sins of others more than we hate our own. We need God’s grace to overcome this.”

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After David committed adultery and murder, and the Lord regarded all of it as evil, the Lord sent a prophet named Nathan to confront David in his sin (2 Samuel 12). Like any good preacher, Nathan set up David with a killer illustration:
“David, there were two men in a certain city. One was filthy rich. He had tons of cattle, tons of sheep, lots of money, and could afford anything he wanted. The other guy was poor. He only had one lamb and he loved it. He treated the lamb like a daughter, fed the lamb from his own plate, and even snuggled with it. One day the rich man had a guest visit, and instead of slaughtering one of his many animals, he killed the poor man’s lamb for his dinner party with his guest.”
When David heard the story, he burned with anger. He did not want that type of ridiculous, selfish and evil behavior tolerated in one of the cities under his watch. He wanted justice and restitution, so he fiercely declared: “As the Lord lives, the man who did this deserves to die! Because he has done this thing and shown no pity, he must pay four lambs for that lamb.”
David missed the point of the illustration. Like David, in our blindness we can be angered by another’s sin but hardened to our own. We can be exponentially more disgusted with the sin in other people’s lives than we are with the sin in our own lives. Our own sin can fail to anger us the way someone else’s sin does.
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Here are three common examples of this:

1. We abhor laziness in others while being addicted to our jobs.

Laziness is sin, but so is finding our worth in our jobs. If we bemoan laziness in others, we must be careful that the plank of workaholism isn’t in our own eyes.

2. We bemoan sins in our culture while being uncompassionate.

God regards our failure to love others and share the good news of the gospel as sin. He is displeased with our lack of compassion because he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. Yes, he is full of truth. But he is also full of grace.

3. We bemoan materialism while being stingy and ungenerous.

If we bemoan materialism because we would rather hoard, our sin is no less offensive to God. While using money in an attempt to gain status or comfort is empty, so is using money to build a false sense of security.
In our sinfulness, we can easily hate the sins of others more than we hate our own. We need God’s grace to overcome this.
Eric Geiger serves as one of the vice presidents of LifeWay Resources, leading the resources division. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Creature of the World and Simple Church. This article was originally published on EricGeiger.com.

SUKU BAMBAM

40 HARI MENGASIHI BANGSA DALAM DOA -- RABU, 17 MEI 2017

SUKU BAMBAM

Pendahuluan/Sejarah

Nenek moyang orang Bambam berasal dari ketujuh keturunan Pongkapadang dan Torije'ne', yang telah membentuk suatu kelompok sosial masyarakat yang disebut Pitu Ulunna Salu (tujuh kepala sungai), dan membentuk suatu front bersama untuk menghadapi pihak luar, yakni kelompok-kelompok musuh dari luar. Pemerintah Kolonial Belanda datang pada permulaan tahun 1900-an dan mendirikan sekolah-sekolah, menghapus perbudakan, memperkenalkan pajak, dan menyebarkan agama Kristen. Selama Perang Dunia II, Jepang mengirim tentaranya untuk mengawasi wilayah ini meskipun wilayah ini sangat terpencil dan tidak menguntungkan secara ekonomi.

Wilayah Bambam mengalami masa sukar berikutnya sejak 1950 hingga 1965 sampai masa penyerangan-penyerangan dan pemberontakan. Sekelompok pemberontak Muslim fanatik mengambil alih kota Mambi dan mulai memaksa orang-orang di desa-desa lain untuk memeluk agama Islam. Sebagai respons, orang-orang Bambam membentuk Organisasi Pertahanan Rakyat (OPR). Dengan bantuan Batalion 710 yang nasionalis, OPR menyerang Mambi dan menghalau kembali para pemberontak hingga ke pantai dekat Mamuju. Sesudah peristiwa ini, Batalion 710 mulai bersikap sewenang-wenang terhadap orang-orang Bambam sehingga OPR mendesak mundur Batalion 710. OPR memutus semua jejak menuju daerah itu dan terus mempertahankannya hingga pemerintahan sipil dipulihkan pada tahun 1964.

Di Manakah Lokasi Mereka?

Mayoritas orang Bambam tinggal di kabupaten Mamasa, di dataran tinggi provinsi Sulawesi Barat, Indonesia. Desa-desa terbentang sepanjang tepian aliran anak sungai Salu Mambi, Salu Dengen, dan sungai-sungai Salu Mokanam. Tempat ini berupa wilayah pegunungan, dengan puncak-puncaknya yang memiliki ketinggian mencapai 3000 meter.

Seperti Apakah Kehidupan Mereka?

Rumah dan keluarga merupakan prioritas utama bagi orang-orang Bambam pada umumnya. Keluarga inti terdiri dari orangtua dan anak-anak yang belum menikah, tetapi sering kali dalam sebuah rumah tangga ada juga lansia atau anak-anak yang baru menikah. Di permukaan, hubungan mereka tampak sangat harmonis. Orang Bambam jarang sekali mengekspresikan kemarahannya. Menyesuaikan diri, menjaga kedamaian, dan memelihara status quo merupakan nilai-nilai budaya. Pada umumnya, mereka senang bekerja sama dan bersosialisasi, yang disertai dengan cara hidup gotong-royong, baik mempersiapkan lahan, menanam, menyiangi, memanen, memperbaiki jalan, maupun membangun rumah, dikerjakan secara berkelompok. Kadang-kadang upah diberikan, tetapi sering kali bantuan diberikan oleh orang lain sebagai bentuk timbal balik atas bantuan yang diberikan kepadanya pada lain waktu. Mengerjakan sawah secara bergiliran menjadi inti gaya hidup orang-orang Bambam. Aktivitas harian dan perencanaan didasarkan pada giliran merawat, menanam, menyiangi, dan memanen padi. Pesta rakyat dan upacara juga terikat pada siklus kegiatan ini. Tugas-tugas dibagi berdasarkan jenis kelamin.

Sementara mengerjakan lahan sawah secara bergilir menjadi inti gaya hidup, pada tahun-tahun terakhir ini ekonominya lebih banyak dipengaruhi oleh budidaya kopi dan kakao. Kedua komoditi ini menghasilkan uang untuk pembelian barang-barang dari luar daerah.

Apakah Kepercayaan Mereka?

Ada tiga kelompok pemeluk agama di kalangan orang Bambam: umat Kristen (Protestan dan Katolik), Muslim (Islam), dan Mappuhondo (animisme). Kepercayaan tradisional Mappuhondo memengaruhi kepercayaan-kepercayaan mereka yang menyebut dirinya umat Kristen atau kaum Muslim.

Secara turun-temurun, seseorang memuja para dewa dengan menjalankan "panaba sambulo-bulo" (napas yang lurus). Hal ini dilakukan dengan berlaku baik, yang artinya memedulikan orang lain, tidak berbohong, dan melakukan apa yang dikatakan. Para dewa tidak senang apabila Anda berusaha menghancurkan rencana-rencana orang lain. Anda perlu mengerjakan apa yang baik bagi orang lain.

"Tometampa" adalah dewa pencipta manusia, binatang, tumbuhan, dan segala sesuatu yang ada di dunia ini. Dialah sang dewa pencipta, tetapi bukan pemimpin para dewa. Setiap dewa mengawasi wilayah kekuasaan mereka masing-masing (sungai, bukit, desa, jenis tugas atau pekerjaan, dll.). Orang-orang Kristen percaya kepada Allah Sang Pencipta dan bahwa Dialah yang mengatur segala-galanya.

Ketika seorang Bambam meninggal, ia mengalami "sau'anitu" (turun ke dalam sungai, ke dunia roh), yaitu dunia orang mati. Mereka tidak yakin di mana tempat itu, "mungkin saja di tepi dunia". Sungai tersebut harus diseberangi (salu sidilambam), dan mereka tidak bisa menyeberang jika mereka tidak memiliki kerbau air untuk menarik dan menyeberangkan semua harta milik mereka. Itulah sebabnya, keluarga harus menyembelih seekor kerbau untuk upacara penguburan.

Orang-orang Kristen masih memotong kerbau untuk upacara penguburan. Mereka mengatakan bahwa mereka akan dipermalukan jika mereka tidak melakukannya.

Apakah Kebutuhan-Kebutuhan Mereka?

Sebagai petani, perhatian mereka adalah pada hasil panen: pada serangga dan tikus yang dapat merusaknya, dan tanah longsor yang akan menggilas tanaman mereka dan merusaknya. Kebanyakan wilayah orang Bambam sulit dijangkau dan daerahnya terpencil, yang dipandang oleh orang Bambam sebagai suatu kekurangan besar. Mereka merasa bahwa akibat sukarnya daerah mereka untuk dijangkau, para pejabat pemerintah tidak begitu mengenal daerah Bambam, termasuk orang-orang dan situasinya. Beberapa orang Bambam percaya bahwa mereka berada di luar jangkauan bantuan yang dapat diberikan oleh pemerintah karena mereka tinggal di daerah yang sangat terpencil. Karena sulitnya transportasi, harga-harga kopi dan kakao yang diusahakan di Bambam rendah. Dan, harga-harga barang yang dibawa masuk ke daerah ini tinggi. Fasilitas medis juga jarang, baik tenaga medis maupun ketersediaan obat-obatan. Masalah-masalah ini muncul, menurut orang Bambam, sebagian karena daerahnya yang berbukit-bukit dan sukar dijangkau.

Untuk menjangkau suku Bambam bagi Tuhan, beberapa bahan berikut ini dapat membantu memperlengkapi Anda:

1. Alkitab audio kitab Yohanes, pesan-pesan penginjilan dalam bentuk audio, dan pelajaran-pelajaran Alkitab audio-visual: https://globalrecordings.net/en/language/4685
2. Alkitab audio Perjanjian Baru dalam bahasa Bambam: http://audio.sabda.org/download_audio_alkitab_bahasa_bambam_full

Pokok Doa

1. Alkitab Perjanjian Baru dan kitab Kejadian dalam bahasa Bambam sudah diterjemahkan ke dalam bahasa Bambam tahun 2004. Doakanlah agar kitab-kitab Suci ini dibaca dan diaplikasikan dalam kehidupan mereka.

2. Gospel Recording of Indonesia telah mempersiapkan kaset-kaset rekaman dari Injil Yohanes dan program "Kabar Baik" dalam bahasa Bambam. Doakanlah agar rekaman-rekaman ini dapat diterima dengan baik dan menyentuh kehidupan mereka yang mendengarkannya.

3. Tekanan-tekanan politik dan agama telah mengganggu kehidupan di daerah orang Bambam. Doakanlah agar tekanan-tekanan itu membuat mereka yang menyebut dirinya Kristen sungguh-sungguh mendekatkan diri kepada Kristus, dan agar orang lain akan datang kepada Kristus melalui masa yang sukar ini.

4. Berdoalah untuk kebangunan rohani para penganut kekristenan, yang kebanyakan menjadi Kristen hanya karena tradisi. (t/Aji)

Darjee in Nepal

Darjee in Nepal
A migrant community, the Darjee are sometimes known as Damai. They are non-vegetarian, and rice is their staple cereal. The Darjee women play a significant role in their economy by plucking tea-leaves in tea gardens for wages. The traditional occupation of the Darjee is tailoring. They regard the Kuldevta as their household deity and also worship Vandevta. The Darjee are traditional musicians. The Nepali Brahmin do not accept water from the Darjee, but the Sarki, Kami, etc. accept water from them.
Ministry Obstacles
The Darjee had a literacy rate of 31% in the 1981 census, and has probably not improved much since then.
Outreach Ideas
Pray for workers to carry the Gospel of Christ to these people, especially in oral form. Several exposures to the Gospel message are usually required.
Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the few followers of Christ among this low caste community, that they will follow Christ with zeal and holiness. Pray they will be rooted and established in love.
Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Darjee community to increasingly be drawn to the man Jesus Christ, to be curious about him and his teachings.
Scripture Focus
"All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats." Matthew 25:32
 

People Name: Darjee
Country: Nepal
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 455,000
World Population: 527,000
Language: Nepali
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

Pakistani Pastor given Life Imprisonment for Alleged Blasphemous text message

Pakistani Pastor given Life Imprisonment for Alleged Blasphemous text message

By Michael Ireland, Chief Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net)
BPCA man with woman smallerLAHORE, PAKISTAN (ANS, May 17, 2017) -- A 51-year-old Christian man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for allegedly sending out blasphemous texts in Pakistan.
Christian NGO's up and down the country are galled by the decision to prosecute Zafar Bhatti under section 295c of Pakistan's Penal Code, a decision they say is due to an Islamic bias that has consumed the nation, according to the British Pakistani Christian Association (www.britishpakistanichristians.org) .
Campaigners say there is no solid evidence that allows for the Lahore High Court's determination of May 3, 2017. Bhatti who was a Christian pastor until his arrest, accused of sending blasphemous text messages from his phone, yet several reports prove that the SIM was not registered to Bhatti and was registered to a completely different Computerized National Identity card holder (CNIC).
Zafar Bhatti was a co-accused defendant under blasphemy charges with Ghazala Khan, whose CNIC card was registered against the phone SIM card. Ghazala was arrested on November 11, 2012 and, being a woman, was shown some leniency. Bail for her charges was granted almost immediately.
BPCA says that “in an extremely bizarre trial,” Justice Khalid Mehmood of the Lahore High Court refused to pass judgement against Ghazala on April 8, 2013. He tried to convince the petitioner, Ibrar Ahmed, Secretary for Ahle Sunnat Pakistan, to forgive Ghazala, stating that Muhammed forgave many people. (Ahle Sunnat Pakistan, is a Muslim religious organization in Pakistan that represents the Barelvi movement which follows the Sunni Hanafi school of jurisprudence, originating in Bareilly with over 200 million followers in South Asia).
Pakistani media groups labelled his compassion as a delaying tactic. At the time, Ghazala asked for the court to make a just decision of the crime and to exonerate her. However, Ghazala insisted she did not want to be forgiven by the petitioner as she felt that escape from her blasphemy charges in this manner would indicate original guilt. She argued that because she was innocent of a crime that she should be freed by the court on merit.
Ghazala Khan (39) passed away in November, 2016 after losing a battle with Hepatitis C, thus surviving the ignominy of being sentenced for blasphemy charges.
Due to the security reasons Bhatti’s case proceedings were conducted on the premises of Central Jail Adiala, Rawalpindi, where Zafar Bhatti has been imprisoned since July, 2012. Bhatti has faced several attempts on his life at the prison, including an incident of poisoning on March 31, 2103, which left him bleeding from his nose and mouth and in critical condition for days.
mi Zafar Bhatti 05 16 2017On September 25, 2014 Bhatti narrowly escaped assassination after a rogue prison officer shot 71-year-old British Muslim, Muhammed Asghar, in a cell adjacent to Bhatti's. Asghar was taken to a private hospital and later fully recovered from critical condition in a private hospital despite being shot in the chest.
Jail guard Muhammad Yousaf wanted to kill all inmates accused of blasphemy against Islam, but was knocked to the ground and captured after other prison guards intervened on hearing the shooting. He was inspired to kill blasphemers after being encouraged by Mumtaz Qadri who was also being held at Adiala Prison for his role in assassinating Muslim Governor of Punjab Salman Taseer, who called for abrogation of the draconian blasphemy laws of Pakistan. Muhammed Yousaf was from the same Barelvi cult as Mumtaz Qadri within the Hanafi School of Islamic Jurisprudence. He was able to enter the prison with a gun concealed in his shoe as only a light frisk was performed on prison staff at the time. Since the attack, prison security measures are said to have been tightened. During interrogation, Yousaf claimed a divine presence entered his dreams at night telling him he must kill all blasphemers.
Shamim Masih, BPCA reporter said: "The blasphemy law is continuously misused to settle personal scores, but also by Islamic zealots intent on annihilating Christians from Pakistan, who now make up 15 percent of all allegations, a percentage that is increasing.
"When people lay false charges against Christians who are later exonerated no action is taken by the government of Pakistan to intervene on behalf of the victims by prosecuting those who laid false allegations. This impunity has exacerbated the situation."
On Saturday May 6, Shamim Masih met the wife of Zafar Bhatti, Nawab Bibi (65) and took her out for a meal to discuss the blasphemy victim’s case. Mrs Bhatti explained about the daily torture he faces in prison. She said: "There have been numerous attempts to kill my husband - he is bullied every day and he is not safe from inmates and prison staff alike. Every day I worry that I will receive word that he is dead,(and) this worry is making me very age quickly.”
Mrs. Bhatti said: “I pray for him every day, and when we meet, we cry together and pray seeking God's intervention. I know God will free him one day but ask for Christians across the world to pray for him and to challenge their governments to help him.”
Mrs. Bhatti continued: “My husband was a good man, he was a committed Christian, and a Pastor to many. Many Muslim people hated how quickly his church was growing (so) they have taken this action to undermine his work. Yet despite their actions the church grows.
She concluded: I wish our persecutors would see that Christians are not evil creatures. We are human beings created by God -- the same God that created them, although they do not know this yet."
Wilson Chowdhry, Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said: “Zafar Bhatti has now been incarcerated for nearly five years for a crime he ostensibly did not commit. He is being convicted for a text message on a phone that was not his, in a crime that for all intents and purposes, was fabricated to remove him from his role as a Pastor.
"That unjust draconian laws can be used in this fashion to wreak havoc on the lives of Christians and other minorities in Pakistan is a disgrace for the nation of Pakistan.”
Chowdhry added: "When even judges 'wash their hands' of the law as was enacted in the case of Ghazala Khan a co-defendant in this awful trial, it clearly expresses the dubious nature on these man-made laws that have no place in protecting a divine faith.”
BPCA said Mrs Nawab Bibi is seeking help towards her daily living costs. Since the arrest of her husband, who was the main breadwinner, Mrs Bibi has struggled to make ends meet and has been forced to have her children live with her grandparents as she cannot afford to keep them.
Nawab Bibi is required to remain at a home near her husband so she can continue to meet with him and challenge for his freedom. Her eldest daughters were placed into arranged marriages at very young ages to relieve the family of their expenses.
BPCA would like to commit £150GBP (USD$194) per month to help Mrs Bibi, while she continues the battle to free her husband. The money will be used to help her with rent, travel to courts and to meet her children, and to support the education of her younger children. To help, click here: https://britishpakistanichristians.worldsecuresystems.com/donate
Photo captions: 1) British Pakistani Christian Association reporter Shamim Masih with Nawab Bibi, wife of Zafar Bhatti on May 6, 2015. (BPCA). 2) Zafar Bhatti (BPCA Photo). 3) Michael Ireland
Ireland Michael FEB.2009 320x276About the Writer: Michael Ireland is a volunteer internet journalist serving as Chief Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, as well as an Ordained Minister who has served with ASSIST Ministries and written for ANS since its beginning in 1989. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China, and Russia. Please consider helping Michael cover his expenses in bringing news of the Persecuted Church, by logging-on to: https://actintl.givingfuel.com/ireland-michael
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Jew, Eastern Yiddish-Speaking in Israel

Jew, Eastern Yiddish-Speaking in Israel
Yiddish is a Germanic language, spoken throughout the world and written with the Hebrew alphabet. For a significant portion of its history it was the primary spoken language by the Ashkenazi (European) Jews. Yiddish is written and spoken as a living language in many Orthodox Jewish communities around the world. It is most notably used as a first language in most Hasidic communities, where it is the first language learned in childhood and used in home, schooling and many social settings.
Ministry Obstacles
Orthodox Jews find it quite difficult to accept Jesus as the Messiah of Scripture, the anointed of God.
Outreach Ideas
The Messianic Jews of Israel may be able to demonstrate with their lives that trust in Jesus has validity and brings life.
Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be a few followers of Christ the Messiah among the Yiddish speaking Jews. Pray they will become firmly grounded in the finished work of Christ on the cross, trusting him fully for salvation and for a fruitful life.
Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Yiddish speaking Jews to see that the scriptural references to the coming Messiah describe so well the person of Jesus Christ, his life and finished work.
Scripture Focus
"Since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed." Genesis 18:18
 

People Name: Jew, Eastern Yiddish-Speaking
Country: Israel
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 261,000
World Population: 622,000
Language: Yiddish, Eastern
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Bible: Complete
Audio NT (FCBH): No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Christ Followers: Few, less than 2%
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:

CFIE Guide: Taliban Terror and a Growing Church

Hannelie and family
“The Blood of the Martyrs
Is the Seed of the Church”
Note: This is the sixth in a series of nine emails highlighting the major Islamist groups currently persecuting Christians around the world. Read each informative email, and request your free prayer guide to learn how you can pray more specifically for persecuted Christians facing Islamic extremists.
As a doctor, Hannelie had been warned that a Taliban attack was expected in Kabul, Afghanistan, that day. But she couldn’t have imagined that she would lose her husband and children in the attack, leaving her a childless widow in a matter of moments.

Hannelie, her husband and their two children lived in Afghanistan for 11 years, answering a deeply felt call to serve the Afghan people. Although they understood the dangers of working in a country long terrorized by the Taliban, they chose to be salt and light to those suffering under radical Islam and the violence it inevitably produces.

Dozens of foreign workers were killed by the Taliban while Hannelie and her family served there, and many Afghan believers disappeared or received long prison sentences after conversion to Christianity.

And then came the day when three members of the Taliban attacked Hannelie’s home with AK-47s and suicide vests. By the time the attack ended, Hannelie’s husband, Werner, and their two teenage children were dead.

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gunman
–Photo re-enactment
Hannelie survived because she wasn’t at home during the attack. She was on standby as a medical doctor at a high-level meeting where it was feared the attack would take place. Today a black headstone honors the memory of her family in their native South Africa with these words: The Blood of the Martyrs Is the Seed of the Church.

The church remains in Afghanistan, growing steadily despite the Taliban’s oppressive grip on war-weary Afghans. Please pray for believers there, and ask God to work mightily not only among those who know Him but also among the Taliban and other Muslims. You can use VOM’s free prayer guide, Christians Facing Islamic Extremists, to learn more about the Taliban and other Islamist groups as well as specific ways you can pray. Request a guide for yourself, and pass this email along to others who might like a free copy.

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Watch for the seventh email in this series next Tuesday, focusing on the Moro National Liberation Front.

MISI TIDAK MUNGKIN TANPA DOA

40 HARI MENGASIHI BANGSA DALAM DOA -- KAMIS, 18 MEI 2017

MISI TIDAK MUNGKIN TANPA DOA

Banyak orang Kristen, khususnya kaum Injili yang sering berbicara mengenai misi. Bahkan di satu sisi, ada gereja-gereja di antara mereka yang bersedia mengumpulkan uang bagi para misionaris. Namun, sangat disayangkan, mereka tidak sepenuhnya mengerti apa maknanya terlibat atau mengambil bagian dalam penginjilan misi sedunia. Di sisi lain, ada gereja-gereja yang kurang tertarik dengan misi karena takut kehilangan dana dan tenaga yang mereka anggap sangat dibutuhkan.

Kita sebagai orang Kristen yang sudah lahir baru dan yang sudah menikmati keselamatan di dalam Tuhan Yesus Kristus, seharusnya bertanya kepada diri kita sendiri, "Bagaimana saya bisa mengambil bagian dalam misi sedunia?" Apakah saya harus pergi atau mempersembahkan uang atau terbeban untuk berdoa bagi misi sedunia? Memang dapat dikatakan bahwa tidak semua orang Kristen terpanggil untuk pergi ke ladang misi dan memberitakan Injil di sana. Seorang bapak atau ibu rumah tangga yang sudah berumur, yang sibuk mengurus keluarganya, bisa jadi terhalang untuk meninggalkan semuanya, pergi ke negara atau suatu daerah baru dan menjadi misionaris di sana. Namun, apakah ini berarti dia tidak bisa terlibat dalam misi sedunia? Tentu saja tidak berarti demikian. Dia tetap dibutuhkan untuk melaksanakan Amanat Agung. Dia bisa mengambil bagian dalam persembahan dana dan doa untuk mendukung pekabaran Injil di seluruh dunia. Doa adalah pegangan utama bagi keefektifan pekerjaan misi sedunia.

Kita semua mengetahui bahwa memang ada aktivitas yang bisa dilaksanakan tanpa doa. Namun, tidak demikian halnya dengan aktivitas yang berkaitan dengan misi. Apabila pelayanan misi dapat berhasil dengan baik, maka hal ini tidak lepas dari peran doa orang-orang Kristen. Doa orang Kristen merupakan rahasia. Allah yang Mahakuasa dan Mahatahu, menginginkan dan meminta doa setiap orang Kristen supaya Kerajaan Allah bisa dibangun di dunia ini. Dan, kalau kita melihat keadaan dunia saat ini yang penuh dengan berbagai halangan dan kesulitan bagi tersebarnya Injil, maka kita tetap tidak boleh lupa, bahwa bukan kita sebagai manusia yang terbatas, sering bersalah, dan patah semangat, namun marilah kita melihat kepada Allah yang adalah Sang Pemilik Tuaian, yang telah berfirman, "Karena itu pergilah, jadikanlah semua bangsa murid-Ku ...." (Matius 28:19-20).

"Memang kami masih hidup di dunia, tetapi kami tidak berjuang secara duniawi, karena senjata kami dalam perjuangan bukanlah senjata duniawi, melainkan senjata yang diperlengkapi dengan kuasa Allah, yang sanggup untuk meruntuhkan benteng-benteng." (2 Korintus 10:3-4) Dalam Efesus 6:12 dikatakan, "Karena perjuangan kita bukanlah melawan darah dan daging, tetapi melawan pemerintah-pemerintah, melawan penguasa-penguasa, melawan penghulu-penghulu dunia yang gelap ini, melawan roh-roh jahat di udara." Dan, dalam Wahyu 5:1-8:5 disebutkan bahwa di satu pihak hanya Anak Domba Allah, yaitu Yesus Kristus, yang berkuasa membuka meterai-meterai dan bahwa hanya Dialah yang berkuasa mengontrol seluruh dunia dan sejarah. Namun, di lain pihak doa-doa orang percaya, yaitu orang Kristen yang sudah lahir baru, sangat dibutuhkan supaya rencana Allah untuk dunia ini terlaksana (bandingkan Wahyu 5:8 dengan 8:1-5).

Dengan kata lain, Allah yang Mahakuasa ingin menyelamatkan manusia dan bersedia untuk melibatkan umat Kristen dalam membangun Kerajaan-Nya. Dia ingin jemaat-Nya berdoa bagi dunia yang penuh dengan orang yang belum diselamatkan. Itulah sebabnya, sangat penting bagi kita sebagai orang Kristen untuk berdoa agar Amanat Agung bisa terlaksana di dunia ini. Akan tetapi, apabila kita malas dan tidak peduli akan keselamatan jiwa orang lain, maka banyak orang yang tidak akan diselamatkan, oleh karena jemaat Allah tidak menaati perintah dan Amanat Agung Tuhannya. Namun, jikalau kita berdoa, kita bisa mengubah dunia ini. "Dan umat-Ku, yang atasnya nama-Ku disebut, merendahkan diri, berdoa dan mencari Wajah-Ku, lalu berbalik dari jalan-jalannya yang jahat, maka Aku akan mendengar dari sorga dan mengampuni dosa mereka, serta memulihkan negeri mereka." (2 Tawarikh 7:14)

Pada masa sekarang ini, kita sebagai orang Kristen sangat diimbau untuk membuka mata rohani kita serta melihat bahwa dunia ini dan negara kita sangat memerlukan dukungan doa syafaat agar dipulihkan dari dosa mereka. Masih sangat banyak orang yang tersesat dan belum dijangkau oleh Injil. Jumlah orang yang membutuhkan Kabar Baik ini semakin bertambah jumlahnya. *Bandingkan dengan statistik di bawah ini:

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Tahun Penduduk Dunia Orang Kristen Orang Non-Kristen
[yang perlu dijangkau]
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0030 170.000.000 puluhan ribu 170.000.000
(Tugas Rasul Paulus)
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1900 1.620.000.000 588.000.000 1.032.000.000
1960 3.010.000.000 1.008.000.000 2.002.000.000
1981 4.585.000.000 1.473.000.000 3.112.000.000
2000 6.240.000.000 1.900.000.000 4.340.000.000
(Tugas KITA !! )
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Kalau kita melihat statistik ini, kita harus mengakui bahwa gereja selama 200 tahun terakhir telah bekerja dengan keras, dan memang sudah ada hasilnya. Akan tetapi, masih ada begitu banyak orang yang belum tercapai oleh Injil. Dan, jumlah mereka saat ini masih sangat besar.

Setiap orang dari 4.3 milyar jiwa tersebut mempunyai kepribadian sendiri dan berhak untuk mendengar Kabar Baik. Firman Tuhan menyatakan bahwa Tuhan Yesus Kristus sangat mengasihi mereka, dan Ia telah rela mati di atas kayu salib supaya mereka dapat diselamatkan dari kebinasaan yang kekal. Jumlah 4.3 milyar ini bukan sekadar angka saja, tetapi merupakan manusia yang sangat berharga di mata Allah yang menciptakan mereka. Mereka hanya satu kali saja hidup di dunia ini, dan hanya di dunialah mereka mempunyai kesempatan untuk bertobat. Apabila mereka sudah mati, maka tidak ada lagi kesempatan kedua mengambil keputusan untuk mengikut Tuhan Yesus Kristus. Hidup di dunia ini sangat menentukan di mana mereka kelak berada. Apakah mereka nantinya berada di surga dalam persekutuan yang indah dengan Tuhan Yesus Kristus, atau berada di neraka di mana tidak ada damai sejahtera. Masa depan setelah kematian bukanlah suatu jangka waktu yang pendek, tetapi merupakan jangka waktu yang sangat panjang, yaitu jangka waktu yang kekal.

Kalau kita sebagai orang Kristen berdoa dan menggumuli mereka yang masih tersesat, maka Tuhan akan menyelamatkan mereka dari kuasa Iblis dan akan keluar dari kerajaan kegelapan. Kita harus diperbarui lagi dan apabila kita lebih setia kepada-Nya, kita yakin bahwa Tuhan sedang bekerja di dunia ini.

Melakukan pembicaraan tentang kasih Allah kepada sesama manusia adalah suatu perkara yang mulia. Namun, alangkah lebih mulianya apabila kita berbicara kepada Allah tentang manusia.

Seorang murid Kristus tidak akan dapat bersaksi dengan baik dan sukses apabila dia sebelumnya tidak belajar untuk memperjuangkan dunia yang perlu diselamatkan di hadapan Allah. Segala kesaksian dan pelayanan bagi Tuhan Yesus Kristus tidak akan berhasil apabila tidak disertai dengan doa. Makin sedikit komunikasi seorang murid Kristus dengan Tuhannya, maka semakin sedikit pula doa syafaat dan hasil pelayanannya bagi Tuhan. Sebagai murid Kristus dan agar hidup kita tidak sia-sia di dunia ini, maka sangat perlu bagi kita untuk berperan serta di dalam misi sedunia supaya Amanat Agung bisa terlaksana sampai Tuhan Yesus datang kembali ke dalam dunia ini. Seluruh Tubuh Kristus, yaitu tiap-tiap anggota jemaat di dunia ini, harus mengambil bagian agar tujuan misi dapat tercapai. Jemaat harus bangun dari tidurnya secara rohani dan berperang serta berdoa supaya banyak orang bisa diselamatkan. Tiap-tiap kita diminta dan dibutuhkan untuk berdoa.

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Nama situs: e-Misi
Judul artikel: Misi Tidak Mungkin Tanpa Doa
Penulis artikel: Dr. Veronika J. Elbers
Tanggal akses: 25 April 2017

Catatan:
*Berdasarkan data tahun 2016, jumlah penduduk dunia adalah sekitar 7 milyar. Dari jumlah tersebut, hanya 1 milyar yang menjadi orang Percaya, sementara 6 milyar sisanya merupakan orang-orang Tidak percaya, dan 3,5 milyar diantaranya belum pernah mendengar Injil.
(Sumber: http://www.crabapplefbc.org/Project-Ambition)