"The Difficult Ways Of The Life"
January 13, 2012
(Jesus said) "Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able." Luke 13:24
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
Nowadays many options concerning our lifestyles are being promoted.
They are being promoted in such a successful way that lustful living is invading many homes and hearts.
Perhaps you have heard the popular expression which says, "That which is most prohibited is the most tasty!"
For many, those words are not just an expression, they are a truth: a truth multitudes are adopting. Sadly, to embrace such a truth means people will change their moral principles and, of course, their spiritual values. Their "truth" makes it easy for them to stay on the path that will take them through the wide door of lust and perdition. You know, the wide door to damnation, where there is space for many who loved and embraced that which was condemned by the Creator!
As children of God, we need to realize these temptations of the world aren't eternal, but the condemnation they earn most certainly will be. Most of all we need to remember that our Lord Jesus Christ lived, died and rose, so the Holy Spirit could offer us an equally eternal home in heaven.
As Christians who have been blessed to know the truth who is Jesus, we are given the opportunity to call people out of darkness into God's marvelous light. The Law of God, which we share, points out to people the error of their sinful lives and the dangers of dying without the Savior.
The Gospel we proclaim says there is forgiveness and life eternal for all who are brought to faith in the Lamb of God who was slain for sinners. True, not everyone will hear. Many will continue to go through the wide door, rather than being brought to the narrow.
What they do is not our concern. Our job is to let them know time is running out, to tell them Jesus is the only truth worth having.
THE PRAYER: Celestial Father, please illuminate me in my life and move away from me temptations as well as bad influences. Keep me in Your Kingdom and let me do what I can to bring people to the narrow path, heading toward heaven. This I ask in the Name of my only Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Biography of Author: Today's international devotion was written by Citia Karina, who is a very active volunteer in our satellite office in Matagalpa, a city in north-central Nicaragua. She teaches Bible courses for kids and young people in barrios, high and elementary schools. Karina is an elementary school teacher during the morning, and after work she takes care of the programs Lutheran Hour Ministries offers in this city. Lutheran Hour Ministries-Nicaragua, known locally as Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones, has been sharing the Gospel since 1998 in this Central American country. It does this by holistic ministry projects, prison visits, and by using Project JOEL, Equipping the Saints (ETS) and Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC) through its offices in Chinandega and Leon.
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