“Did you give him the cheat notes?” I joked as my husband and I left the second Bible study with our Muslim friend, Vent, and his wife. We looked at each other in amazement. It felt like we were on holy ground as we watched the power of the sword and the Spirit at work in the prepared soil of a man’s heart.
We read Matthew 13 and it refers to the heart that hears and understands God’s word. When one finds such a heart, the insight just seems to supernaturally reveal itself from heaven. On Vent’s first reading of Matthew 13:52, he coined the terms a “community of scribes”. He reasoned that the word of God is such a treasure that we ought to be in communities where we are drawing out new and old things from the scriptures with one another. He noted that these communities need to read for obedience, not just information. Vent even continued to add that the information was so amazing that we owe it to others to tell them all about it!
God is at work, preparing the hearts and minds of Muslims all around the world, more than in any time since the beginning of Islam. What a privilege to align with where He’s working and be able to watch the Lord lift off the veil and usher more and more into this community of scribes.
This story is taken from the Fall 2018 Alliance Connection magazine. You can get a free copy of the Alliance Connection at Alliance churches across Canada or view the digital copy online. We hope you will be encouraged and inspired to go deeper in Jesus and as a result, further on mission.
Clara’s full name is withheld for security reasons. Clara and her husband, Kent, moved to the Middle East in 1991 as international workers. Their passion is to worship God and pray for a disciple-making movement that spreads across the region. They have three boys, all born and raised in the Middle East.