The Egg

Daily Reform, Day 123

Galatians 2:16 & Habbakuk 2:2-4

From the Reformer

After we have taught faith in Christ, we teach good works. “Since you have found Christ by faith,” we say, “begin now to work and do well. Love God and your neighbor. Call upon God, give thanks unto Him, praise Him, confess Him. These are good works. Let them flow from a cheerful heart, because you have remission of sin in Christ.”

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

This is not the conundrum of the chicken or the egg, but the analogy will do. Works must proceed from faith, lest we vainly imagine that it is our works that reconcile us to God. All good works, from confession to food pantry to foreign mission, must come from the heart that has been enlivened by faith in Christ. Faith is the egg from which the working chicken is born. But the chicken who thinks her works will save her is bound for the fryer.

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

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