FEARLESS LOVE IN PAKISTAN
I met Muslims in Pakistan who discovered a life of righteous love through faith in Christ. Many wonder how any Muslim can become a Christian since the Qur’an commands death to apostates. All Muslim background believers in Jesus are persecuted for their faith. Regularly, I hear Muslim background believers’ stories of God’s grace through the storms of difficulty. The mystery of this indomitable faith is settled in Hebrews 1:3. For Christ is “the exact representation of His (GOD’S) nature (Greek-Hupostasis) …” Hebrews 11:1 states, “Now faith is the assurance (Greek-Hupostasis)…” Both the English word nature and assurance are translated from the one Greek word Hupostasis. In other words, faith’s foundation (Hupostasis) is the essence of Christ! Faith is not about simple philosophy or platitudes of living. “He (Christ Himself) will never leave us nor forsake us.” Hebrews 13:5. Fearless Faith is the Holy Spirit of Christ abiding in the mortal body of His saints.
On my visit to Pakistan I met brother “Noah.” He grew up as a typical Muslim – Islam was his religion and Allah his god. He would daily pray “The Opening” from Chapter one of the Qur’an. “…Master of the Day of Judgment, Thee do we worship, and Thine aid we seek. Show us the straight way, the way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace…” Everyday Muslims around the world cry out this prayer. When Noah was 18 years old he saw a vision of a man radiant with light and hovering above a river. The man of light picked up Noah and held him to his chest and then spoke, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” The man of light put Noah back to the ground and suddenly the vision was over. Noah only knew Islam so he assumed that this heavenly man was a holy imam from Muhammad’s time.
Noah is a business man. He owns a sewing machine service center. Noah shared with me how nine years before I met him a Christian employee invited him to come hear a Christian evangelist speak. This became a divine appointment. He put on his best pressed white cotton shawar kamis. In Pakistan most Muslims wear this traditional outfit usually cleaned and pressed which is a contrast to the grime, dust and poverty. The pants are like large pajamas and are tied together around the waist with a string. The top is a modest loose fitting long sleeve with a slight V-neck. Noah would never dare enter a church for fear of other Muslims seeing him attend a Christian meeting, but the meeting was being held outside in a large courtyard in the Christian ghetto area. He became one man in a sea of clean pressed shawar kamis’.
As the evangelist began to speak Noah’s heart was warmed by the words of scripture and the explanation of the gospel. “Was this true that Christ loved me and could forgive me of my sins?” Suddenly Noah was seeing a vision. Above the evangelist hovered the same man of light that Noah had seen forty years before. This time that man declared, “I am Jesus.” Faith filled Noah’s heart as he received the gift of salvation. He knew his life now belonged to Christ.
Noah’s faith has been tested. His family despises his Christian faith. They tried to put him out of business. He is insulted and threatened with death. For nine years his faith in Christ sustained him. He opened his wallet and showed me a hand written note placed where most people put a picture of their family. In pen are the words of John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one shall come to the Father except through me.” God answered his life time of prayers to find the straight path. Noah joyfully displays this verse in his wallet, he is truly a card carrying witness for Christ – and he never leaves home without it!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
You too can help men and women like Noah find the path of righteousness. Join us in praying for Muslims to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and not only as a prophet. Consider giving a Bible to a Muslim. Last of all, consider joining Spirit of Martyrdom by financially partnering with us with a one time or monthly contribution.