"Cast Your Hook with God"
September 23, 2011
(Jesus said) "For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:10
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 Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour
There is a story I would like to share about Thomas Mukasa, a Catholic priest from Gaba Seminary in Uganda.
Mukasa was a man of joy and laughter. Being quite good with the camera, he often photographed the simple beauty of the Kampala hills around the monastery. This was, of course, before Kampala was filled up by all kinds of construction.
One day Father Thomas sent a photograph to a friend. The picture had the inscription: "The only known photograph of God."
The color snapshot showed the seven green hills on which Kampala City is built. Then, at the top of the picture, dominating the scene and hiding the setting sun, there was an immense skyhook: the kind construction companies use to lift heavy objects.
It looked like God had suspended a gigantic fishing hook from heaven.
The symbolic story of that picture always makes me smile.
In truth, believers know God can be described as a Deity who is trying to reel in the sinner. Ever-waiting, ever-seeking, ever-loving, God has, through His Son's bloody sacrifice, extended forgiveness and fellowship to humankind.
Now God fishes and, quite amazingly, invites you and me to go fishing with Him -- to be "fishers of men."
Knowing my fellow believers have the Lord's invitation, I encourage you to join Him. Get your line wet. Tell someone about His love, His care, His patience and, above all, tell them of Jesus' sacrificial death on the cross to win men's souls for eternity.
Tell those who do not know Jesus about the gift the Father has given us in His Son, Jesus Christ -- the chief Fisher of Men.
THE PRAYER: Dear God, for catching me, for forgiving me, for freeing my soul from Satan, I am grateful. Now may I share the Savior's story of salvation. May I tell them the wonders of Your love as seen at the Bethlehem manger, Calvary's cross and the Redeemer's empty tomb. Give me words to use and share. In Your Name. Amen.
Biography of Author: Today's international devotion was written by a former staff member of the Lutheran Hour Ministries-Uganda office. With its operations in Kampala since 1996, LHM-Uganda, known locally as Lutheran Media Ministry, has helped deliver nearly 10,000 care packages to needy people in this east-central African nation of more than 32 million. It also distributes Bibles, brochures, topical booklets and utilizes Bible Correspondence Courses in sharing the Gospel among this country's citizens.
To learn more about our International Ministries, click here or visit www.lhmint.org.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries