Daily Reform, Day 84
Galatians 2:7-8 & John 14:1-13
From the Reformer
With these words Paul refutes another argument of the false apostles. “What reason have the false apostles to boast that the Gospel of Peter was mighty, that he converted many, that he wrought great miracles, and that his very shadow healed the sick? These reports are true enough. But where did Peter acquire this power? God gave him the power. I have the same power. I received my power, not from Peter, but from the same God. The same Spirit who was mighty in Peter was mighty in me also.” Luke corroborates Paul’s statement in the words: “And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul, so that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them” (Acts 19:11, 12).
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
One of the great problems facing the Church in these latter days is that we do not believe as Luther did. He believed that the very same power as worked in Peter and Paul and even Jesus was at work in Martin (John 14:12). If that is true — and it is — then that same Holy Spirit power is at work in you. The only difference between you and Paul is job description. Whatever task God has appointed for you, the same power of God’s Spirit attends you.
The ability to move forward in God’s power rests in the authority of the one who calls you in the grace of Christ. Do you really believe what scriptures tell you? Imagine the police officer who is sworn in and given a badge and gun but when confronted by the criminal element, does not really believe in the power he has been given. This is the state of the typical churchgoer today. It is time to stop being an attendee and start being a participant in the powerful work of God. Get out of the pews and into the game!
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers