DailyDevotionRead: Colossians 1:1 – 2:5

Focus:
…In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. Colossians 1:6

If you pay attention to the news these days you would think that Christianity is in a downward spiral, set to circle the drain in the next 20-50 years. They refer to the United States and Europe as a “post-Christian” society. They definitely have some valid points leading them to that conclusion – but the conclusion is still wrong. If Christianity in the United States or in Western Europe was the whole picture we might actually be in some trouble, but thankfully our God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God who raised Jesus from the dead, is God over the whole world. And there are some mighty things happening around the world that leave no doubt as to the future of Christianity!

An article by Charles Colson states, “For instance, in 1900, there were approximately 10 million Christians in Africa. By 2000, there were 360 million. By 2025, conservative estimates see that number rising to 633 million. Those same estimates put the number of Christians in Latin America in 2025 at 640 million and in Asia at 460 million.” He goes on to say, “This shift of Christianity’s ‘center of gravity’ is also a reminder to Western Christians that we are not the whole show, and we have to start thinking differently about ourselves. We are part of a much larger community: the worldwide Church.” Amen, Mr. Colson!

I want to share with you a list of the Top 20 Countries Where Christianity Has the Highest Growth Rate:
1. Nepal
2. China
3. United Arab Emirates
4. Saudi Arabia
5. Qatar
6. Oman
7. Yemen
8. Mongolia
9. Cambodia
10. Bahrain
11. Benin
12. Burkina Faso
13. South Sudan
14. Bhutan
15. Mali
16. Brunei
17. Guinea
18. Kuwait
19. Singapore
20. Turks & Caicos Islands

Is that crazy that 11 of the countries on the Top Twenty list are Muslim majority countries?! Wow! Saudi Arabia’s religious freedom and human rights record is one of the worst in the world, yet they are #4 on the list. Truly, our focus verse is as true today as it was in Paul’s day – the Gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world!

Prayer:
Almighty God, thank you that your Holy Spirit is doing amazing and powerful things all over the world! Please empower all these new believers as they seek to serve you and glorify you. And please Lord, bring a great awakening of your Spirit to the United States. In Jesus’ powerful name, amen.

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