June 12, 2009
And He said to them, "Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out." Mark 1:38
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
"For God so loved the world," the Gospel of John says, "that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16). This is what Jesus preached. His mission was to seek and to save the lost. To make His mission known, He simply and persistently told others about it -- His disciples, the everyday folk He encountered along the road, the religious authorities, those holding political power, even those possessed by demons -- everybody.
Jesus won salvation for mankind through His death and resurrection, and part of His earthly mission was to inform people why He came. This He did by going from town to town, sharing the Good News of what God was doing through Him, and calling people to repentance and faith everywhere He went.
"Let us go on to the next towns," He said, calling His disciples to go with Him and watch Him at work. Likewise, as Christians we should take His story of love and redemption to the world wherever we go. It is with our words, blessed by the Holy Spirit, that others hear the Good News and are called to believe in Jesus.
May we make His mission, our mission.
THE PRAYER: Dear Jesus, I pray for the strength to speak Your Word, the courage to act on it, and the faith to trust in it. Empower me in ways large and small to witness to Your love in a world that so desperately needs it. In You alone is our salvation. Amen.
Biography of Author:
This devotion was written by Citia Karina, a volunteer with Lutheran Hour Ministries-Nicaragua. As an elementary school teacher, she is active in teaching children and young people the Bible. In Nicaragua, LHM works with Project JOEL, radio ministry outreach, Equipping the Saints, and Bible Correspondence Courses.