Ramadan Day 27- Self Control
The idea of Self control is demonstrated by Muslims on the 27th day of Ramadan, when Muslims celebrate the night that they believe God first revealed the words of the Quran to Mohammad. On this night, the “Night of Power”, “submitters” or devout Muslims honor God all night long, either in their homes or with other Muslims at a mosque. Exhibited by Jesus himself and taught throughout the Bible, self control, the denying of self to glorify God, is a fruit of the spirit, demonstrated by those who cast aside all to follow Christ, even as he denied all to die on the cross for our sin. Once a devoted Muslim and the first believer in the family, Roton’s father searched the Quran for stories about Jesus. When he became blind he asked young Roton to read to him. “In the beginning, I was reading for my father. But after few days, I realized that I was becoming more curious to find the truth myself. Because of the witness of the Quran, I found myself believing in Jesus and became a Christian,” Roton testified. As a new believer, he wanted to know much more, and so it was late one night, after 7 hours of travel, that a muddy, hungry, Roton finally made it to a secluded campsite on the outskirts of Dhaka for the MBB youth training sponsored by Open Doors. He was exhausted but told the group, “I am so happy to be in this Muslim Background Believer (MBB) Youth Camp. I now see that I am not alone!” STAND “ONE WITH THEM” For the glory of God, Jesus demonstrated His profound love by denying himself and shedding His blood for the sins of mankind. Tonight, gather friends and family together and remember this sacrifice as you celebrate in sharing Holy Communion together. PRAY “ONE WITH THEM” Father, may we spend extra time today in prayer, that Muslim men and women across the globe would know the true light of the gospel and worship You both in spirit and in truth. Amen.