"Recreated for More"
October 24, 2014
Jesus ... found him he said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" He answered, "And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?" Jesus said to him, "You have seen Him, and it is He who is speaking to you." John 9:35b-37
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
Being born into a Christian family, weekly church attendance was more or less a routine.
Back then if I were to define a "Christian," I would have said, "He is a person who goes to church regularly and says a brief prayer before he goes to bed at night." When I joined a dance group at church, my definition didn't change. Why would it? I had joined to "show off my moves" rather than to honor the Lord with the gifts He had given me.
Feeling no great loyalty to the group, I readily left them when I was offered a position at a local radio station. At the station I advanced in my career and was quickly moved from being a standby presenter to hosting the sports shows, and then helping put together various radio broadcasts. You should know these advancements meant nothing more than job security and a larger paycheck.
Little did I know my life was in for a great change.
That change began the day when a member of the Lutheran Hour Ministries staff came in for the broadcast and started telling me about the love of God and how that love, which sent Jesus into the world, had changed her life. Amazing, this woman had grown up just like me, but she was different.
That's it: we were similar, but we were much different. Her faith had progressed as she reached out to others and, by the Holy Spirit's power, saw their eternities changed. When we prayed together that day, the Lord let me know He wanted me to do something more with my life. That evening marked the beginning of a beautiful journey, which features a personal relationship with my Savior and my God.
My interaction with LHM-Uganda has been a blessed discovery of so many new things. My knowledge of Christianity has deepened as for the last two years I have hosted LHM-Uganda's radio program. The teachings have nurtured my faith, and I can confidently say The Lutheran Hour is a meal that feeds me spiritually in each broadcast.
In this time the Lord has moved me from just knowing Him to having a personal relationship with Him. Going to church is no longer a routine; it is a time of sharing faith and fellowship in God's Word. Instead of looking for answers in the world, I find my answers in the Word of God.
Most importantly, I know I have been forgiven of all my sins, and I have a place in heaven.
Salvation in the Savior is a message I am glad to share in the studio and on the street. You see, my voice has become known, and identified with, the broadcast. Now, wherever I go, people come up and tell me their joys and sorrows, and I am able to offer them a word of empathy or encouragement, which is founded on the love of God as shown to us in Jesus' life, death and rising.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I thank You for saving me. I rejoice that You have asked me to serve You and reach out to those who haven't believed. May the Holy Spirit use me to touch them. This I ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Biography of Author: Today's international devotion was written by Percy Madhaba Kisame. He lives in Jinja, which is located 75 kilometers from Kampala, the capital of Uganda. He is a radio presenter on NBS 89.6 FM, a local station which broadcasts the weekly Lutheran Hour Live talk show (8 to 9 p.m. on Sundays). Kisame has been moderator of The Lutheran Hour talk show for the past two years. Established in Kampala in 1996, Lutheran Hour Ministries-Uganda, known locally as Lutheran Media Ministry, has connected with more than 250,000 individuals through print, broadcast, electronic and traditional media, including radio and television programming. This outreach in this African nation of more than 35 million people has led to the formation of more than 100 Lutheran churches, working in partnership with the Lutheran Church. Additional efforts include enrolling students in Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC), distributing Bibles and topical booklets, and launching a biblical values-based peer education program designed for secondary school students.
To find out more about what's going on in Uganda and, in particular, how LHM-Uganda ministered at a recent film showing, click here to visit its blog.
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