Galatians 1:15-17 & Philippians 3:3-8
From the Reformer
“Did God call me on account of my holy life? Or on account of my pharisaical religion? Or on account of my prayers, fastings, and works? Never. Well, then, it is certain God did not call me on account of my blasphemies, persecutions, oppressions. What prompted Him to call me? His grace alone.”
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
Put no trust in your office or pedigree. God is able to make asses speak his word. (Num 22:22-30) The emphasis is always on the One calling and not upon the one called. The work depends not on us but instead, upon him. We are expected to be faithful to our calling and to the One who calls us. We are not expected to produce results — especially by being extra religious. Comfort yourself in the knowledge that God is faithful even when you are not faithful. (2Tim 2:13)
Dwight L. Moody said, “Moses spent 40 years thinking He was a somebody, then 40 years learning that he was a nobody, and then 40 years seeing what God can do with a somebody who realizes he is a nobody!” Remind yourself who you are today: a nobody, called through grace by a faithful God. Now expect him to do something with your life in spite of yourself.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers