May the Light shine upon the nations this Christmas

I recently visited mission partners from our church who are serving in the Middle East. We stood atop a hill overlooking the great city where they live and minister, praying for the millions of people who live there. There were mosques almost everywhere we looked. My friend said to me as we gazed out over the city, ‘Many of the people here will never hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many will never personally know someone who knows and loves the gospel.’

We sing ‘Joy to the World’ at Christmas. And we worship the Light of the world. Our Savior is not a tribal deity. He didn’t come to save just one tribe or tongue. The news of him is to go to the ends of the world.

This Christmas, let’s yearn and pray for what God himself purposes. ‘Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy’ (Psalm 67.3-4). ‘God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!’ (Psalm 67.7).

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