July 9, 2010
(Jesus said) "You know the way to the place where I am going." Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where You're going. So how can we know the way?" Jesus answered him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except through Me." John 14:4-6
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
What happens when we need to get to an unfamiliar place? If we have an exact address, we can probably find our way there by going to a map, getting the directions online, or making a telephone call for more details. But what happens if we do not speak the language of the people who are giving us directions? Then we have a problem-a very big problem.
Our spiritual life is like that, isn't it? If we read the Bible we know from God's own words that His Son has declared Himself to be "the way, the truth, and the life." Yet, as clear as those words are, to the unspiritual person, to the unbeliever, they fall on deaf ears or are as incomprehensible as words in a foreign language. This is where help is required. This is where God's own Spirit makes it evident to our minds and hearts that Jesus is, in fact, the one and only true way and that no one -- no matter how hard they try on their own -- comes to the Father except through faith in Him.
We may find that receiving this essential spiritual guidance necessitates getting help from someone who knows God's Word. Here is where the able spiritual assistance of a caring pastor, a Christian counselor, or a godly friend can be of the utmost importance. We should be grateful to God for those people who give us good and wise counsel, and consider them a valuable part of our lives as they help us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus-"the author and perfecter of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2a).
And, of course, it is equally important that once we have received directions to the cross and the salvation Jesus earned for us through His life, death, and resurrection, that we freely give this information to others as well.
After all, it's no fun being lost.
THE PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for being the path for my life and for all those who come to know You through Your Word. Allow me to guide others down this road too. In Jesus Name, we pray. Amen.
Biography of Author: This devotion is based on a text submitted by Teresa Montoya Luna, a worker with Lutheran Hour Ministries-Mexico, which is also called Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones (Christ for all Nations). From its office in Tijuana, Baja California, LHM-Mexico serves this country of more than 110 million by utilizing Project JOEL, Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC), Equipping the Saints (ETS), radio and television spots, and interactive public booths to share the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ.
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