10 Days 2015 Devotional, Day 7: The Gospel in the Muslim World

Day 7: Longing for His Coming: The Gospel in the Muslim World

“For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”  (Matthew 23:39)

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)

Raised in church since birth, I confess that in my youth the return of Jesus seemed distant and unlikely.  Honestly, it was not something I was hoping, anticipating, or longing for in my lifetime.  Sure I wanted Jesus to return…but not till I was “old” or after death!  I was content hoping and planning for a simple, blessed, Christian American life.   

However as I developed in relationship with Jesus, growing to know and love Him (His Real Presence and not just a concept or far off dream) and as He opened my eyes more and more to His Kingdom, something began to happen within me.  I have found that the nearer we come to Christ Jesus and the more we experience His deep love for the nations, the more we discover the truth that He “is not slow about His promise [of coming], as some count slowness, but is patient toward [us], not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).  As He draws us closer to Himself and imparts His heart for the nations, we begin to respond to His Spirit awakening us to earnestly long for Christ’s return, our Eternal Bridegroom.  

Scripture is clear that two specific things must happen, will happen, before Jesus returns.  

  1. His Kingdom Gospel will be preached to ALL nations,
  2. Israel will bless (receive) Jesus as Messiah.  

Paul highlights these in Romans 9-11 as he reiterates Old Testament prophetic promises that nations not even looking for Jesus will discover Him as Savior-King and that Jews will be provoked to jealousy and recognize Jesus as their Messiah.  

A few years ago my heart leapt with the thought, “What greater way for Jews to be provoked to jealousy than for Muslims getting saved?!”  While living in the Middle East I began to hear many others repeating this same thought, as well as amazing testimonies of God at work.

We are living in such remarkable times!  As we discipline ourselves to view world events through the lens of Scripture we see extraordinary things happening.  Today, we are seeing a movement of Christ’s Spirit throughout Muslim nations as never before in history.  Many believe that a great wave of salvation and revival in the Muslim world has already begun.

In our longing for Christ’s return we must awaken to these two requirements:  all nations reached and the revival of our Jewish brothers and sisters.  But also, in our vision to reach the nations and see Israel saved, we must cultivate greater longing for Christ.  Only intimacy with God, attentiveness to His Voice, and His Real Presence will provide the unction and power to embrace the great cost and sacrifice required of us to reach the remaining unreached peoples, to fulfill the final task, to walk in the way of (and with) our beloved Master.

Are you drawing near to Jesus’ heart?  Are you letting His heart permeate and captivate your heart for the nations to be saved and for Jews to receive Christ their Messiah?  Do you focus your attention on our coming King – listening, yielding, obeying whatever He speaks to you?  Are you letting His Spirit awaken your hearts with the longing for Jesus’ return, so that His Bride can be made ready?  Listen and receive His heart for you, for your community, for your nation, and for the nations!

Jen Carlson
Fire International Missionary
Chicago, IL and Middle East