Stand Firmly

The Christian Martyr's Last Prayer, by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904)
The Christian Martyr’s Last Prayer, by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904)

Daily Reform, Day 90

Galatians 2:11 & Luke 12:8-12

From the Reformer

For defending the truth in our day, we are called proud and obstinate hypocrites. We are not ashamed of these titles. The cause we are called to defend, is not Peter’s cause, or the cause of our parents, or that of the government, or that of the world, but the cause of God. In defense of that cause we must be firm and unyielding.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

God does not expect you to have all the answers. He does expect you to stand firmly. Over time, four things will happen. God will give you the words that are needed. You will learn more and more of the answers. Some people will come to faith in Christ. Your faith will grow.

You will be scolded and ridiculed but you will have been obedient. The bonuses are that Jesus will call you his friend and introduce you to the angels of heaven. It cannot get any better than that.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers

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