For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
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
My name is Edi Suryadi. I was born 71 years ago on the eighth of December in Medan, Sumatra. Today I live in Muara Bahar, North Jakarta in Indonesia.
My parents came from Banyumas in Central Java. You may have heard of that place since it is a place filled with fanatical Muslims. When I was a boy, my older brothers moved to Jakarta and, eventually, I followed them. Before that, however, my parents raised me in the Muslim faith and taught me the principles of Islam.
In 1954, when I was 12 years old, I decided to move to Jakarta and stayed with one of my brothers. There I remained until I graduated senior high school. After that I decided to look for a job. Although I held a number of different positions, for 20 years I worked as a security guard for Pertamina, our country's oil company.
As a Muslim I was taught to follow the tenets of my faith. That means I read the Qur'an; I fasted; I prayed five times a day and went to the mosque every Friday. I did my best to do everything my religion said I should. I tried to be a good Muslim, but that doesn't mean I was a good father.
When my daughter married, she picked a husband who had no steady job. Because they had no income, they lived with us. Rather than following the rules of our home, my son-in-law was stubborn and disrespectful. Things grew worse and worse. I became angrier and, in frustration, ended up kicking them out of the house. Looking back, I wish I had encouraged and accepted them rather than continuously showing them my temper, disappointment and hatred.
About six years ago, on a day when I was out for a walk, I accidently came upon a group of people who were singing and praying. My knowledge of Islam told me they were not of my faith. I wondered if they were Christians. I sat down and listened. The things I heard were different than anything Islam had taught me. I can tell you what I heard was intriguing.
I met a pastor who was very friendly. He shared Jesus with me. Still, at that time I was not ready to convert. But I was ready to come and listen to the Savior's story. This I did until 2012.
In that year I met a man from The Lutheran Hour office in Indonesia. He had come to help the pastor teach their Bible Correspondence Course for adults. It was very strange for me. I cannot deny that my heart was eager to know more and more about the Savior.
The more I studied the book he gave to me, the more I came to realize how Jesus is great, and He is the only God and Savior for this world. I was moved by how our Father in heaven gave His only Son to save humankind from their sins. Eventually, in November of 2012, I was baptized by Pastor Hermanus from our native church. After that I enrolled in the confirmation program of our local congregation. I am pleased to report I am now a member of that church, which is not far from my home. Almost as important to me is the fact I have continued to meet with the pastor who first introduced me to Jesus. He has become a spiritual guide to me and still encourages me in my faith.
That is a good thing, a necessary thing. It has only been about ten months since I became a Christian. My faith is still like that of a baby. I still need guidance and support so I can grow and be strong in the Savior who gave His life for each of us.
One thing is for sure: I am joyful about my salvation, and I rejoice every time I confess the Apostles' Creed. My life is filled with a great joy because I am a disciple of my Lord Jesus. Now I have only one great longing: to share this saving faith with my grandchildren, so they also can be saved by Jesus' sacrifice. May the Lord Jesus grant me this grace.
THE PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for opening my eyes to know Jesus as my one and only Savior. Please keep me and bless my witness so all my family may know Him as their living Savior. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen.
Biography of Author: Today's international devotion was written by Mr. Edi Suryadi who shares the Lord's handiwork in his life. We give thanks for our office in Indonesia, which the Lord used to bring this man to faith. By God's grace may the wish he makes in the final paragraph of this devotion be brought to pass. The ministry center of Lutheran Hour Ministries-Indonesia, known locally at Anchor of Life, utilizes radio broadcasting, print resources, and trained volunteers to reach out to communities in this country of nearly 250 million people. Headquartered in Jakarta, LHM-Indonesia also uses Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC) and Equipping the Saints (ETS) materials to share the Good News of God's grace and love as found in Jesus Christ with the people who live in this vast archipelago, which numbers more than 17,000 islands.
To learn more about our International Ministries, click here or visit www.lhmint.org.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries