Daily Reform, Day 86
Galatians 2:7-9 & Mark 9:38-41
From the Reformer
“The fact is, when the apostles heard that I had received the charge to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles from Christ; when they heard that God had wrought many miracles through me; that great numbers of the Gentiles had come to the knowledge of Christ through my ministry; when they heard that the Gentiles had received the Holy Ghost without Law and circumcision, by the simple preaching of faith; when they heard all this they glorified God for His grace in me.” Hence, Paul was justified in concluding that the apostles were for him, and not against him.
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
How often we must get in others’ ways. God calls them to minister the Gospel in a new way or to a new people and we resist. What! Contemporary music in worship? A new translation? Reach out to the people on that side of the track? A woman preach? Preach from somewhere other than a pulpit? Go door-to-door with the Gospel?
Get out of the way! Let God’s grace have its way in another life. They want to preach, so let them have at it. God will attend you all.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers