Muslims do not know the unconditional love of God. Feeling loved, forgiven, and accepted by God is perhaps their greatest need. They are blessed by simple acts of kindness done with a heart of love. Honoring and serving them speaks volumes.
The mission field is in our midst. When we have an opportunity with a Muslim, it is good to become acquainted with their basic beliefs, and then ask honest and sincere questions. For example, ask them to share what their faith means to them. Often the Muslim community feels attacked by Christians, and they are initially cautious. They will open up if they sense you are sincerely interested in them, rather than trying to get a conversion commitment at the first possible opportunity. You may discuss the Christian similarities to Islam, such as moral living, godly families, fasting, etc.
Do not assume their ideas of the character of God, Jesus, and the Spirit are the same as yours. Muslims are taught that Christians believe in three gods; God the Father, God the Son and God the Mother (Mary). They believe Jesus is a great prophet but that it is blasphemy to believe Jesus is the Son of God. Do not argue that point; give the Holy Spirit time to reveal the truth. Muslims believe in a Messiah, so let them know we believe Jesus is the Messiah. They also believe that Christians and Jews have changed the Bible. Because of pornography from the West and the Western media, they equate Christianity with free sex, drugs, alcohol, divorce . . . all the evils of the West. They do not understand that to be born in our society does not automatically make us Christian. You may express that you do not approve of the evils that we see in society and explain how one becomes a true Christian.
We are reminded that Jesus said, “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest” (John 4:35).
Nine out of ten Muslims around the world have never met a Christian. From childhood, they are taught that we are the “infidel.” Unfortunately, many have a “Hollywood image” of Christianity. In western nations (including Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand), only one out of 100 Muslims have ever been invited into a Christian home.
It is not the Muslim people, but the ideology they follow that is the challenge. Muslims are prisoners of their ideology, bound by Satan and thus spiritually blinded (2 Corinthians 4:4).
Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:44-45a). Our loving prayers and reaching out in friendship will change their image of us and open the door of their hearts.
Muslims are usually warm people relationally, and hospitality is so important to them. The best way to win a Muslim’s trust is to consistently show the sincere love of Christ to them. One way to demonstrate that we care is by inviting them to our home and having sincere fellowship. God’s love never fails!
- Many Muslim students attend Western universities. Pray they will not be adversely affected by the lifestyle of others, but rather influenced by the relationships with Christians that they meet.
- Ask God to give opportunities for Christians to meet Muslims and begin building relationships. Pray for a sensitivity to the leading of the Lord in sharing the gospel of Christ with them.