Daily Reformation, Romans 6:17-22
About the Reformer
Although [John the Steadfast, Elector of Saxony and brother to Frederick the Wise] had sustained many an insult from the emperor, he acknowledged obedience to him, except where it conflicted with the honor of God and his soul’s welfare. At the Diet of Augsburg, in 1530, his conduct was heroic. He firmly maintained his Evangelical position, and refused to forbid Evangelical preaching at the demand of the emperor. The great services he rendered to the final success of the Augsburg Confession are well known. On his homeward journey he learned of the warlike preparations of his enemies, but his interpretation of the Word of God withheld him from opposing an attack of his emperor. After some weeks, however, he, as well as Luther, was convinced by jurists that the relation of the emperor to the estates was not strictly monarchical, both parties being bound by law and right, and that the emperor, in attacking the Evangelicals, acted not only against God, but against his own imperial rights…
—Philip Schaff, The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge
Pulling It Together
Obedience is easy if you can determine to whom you owe your obedience. Obedience to the local electorate, the laws of the land, the Church, the elders, or your parents all fall under the lordship of God. If Congress dictates something that defies God’s mandate, obedience is easy. Your friend may want you to do something you know God calls sin; obedience is easy. The devil may entice you to eat some fruit forbidden by God, yet obedience is easy—unless you have decided to obey another master. Who are you serving? What rules your life? There is the thing that governs your life. May your governor be God so that obedience is easy.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers