The Key

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Daily Reformation, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

From the Reformer

…no one shall be forced to believe; for the sheep follow him whom they know and flee from strangers. Now, Christ’s wish is that none be forced, but that they be permitted to follow from willing hearts and of their own desire; not out of fear, shame or strife. He would let the Word go forth and accomplish all. When their hearts are taken captive, then they will surely come of themselves. Faith does not go forth from the heart unless it has the Word of God.

—Martin Luther, Assorted Sermons, “Of the Office of Preaching and of Preachers and Hearers”

Pulling It Together

“I can’t get that key to work.” She said it like it was his fault.

“That’s the key; I used it just yesterday,” he replied, reaching for her key.

“Well, I’m telling you, it doesn’t work; that door won’t open,” she insisted.

He put the key in the lock and jiggled it a second, then turned the key and opened the door. It was not the easiest lock he had ever unlocked but it worked nevertheless.

“I don’t believe it. It didn’t work for me,” she stammered.

It is often the case that people will not believe something because it takes a little work or a bit different way of looking at things. They give up before they even try and say it does not work. This is sometimes the way of it when it comes to faith.

Jesus is the door to God but what is the key? Ah! Here is where so many fail for lack of belief. His Word is the key. “I am the door,” he said. (John 10:9) If one does not believe him, she will not enter in. One cannot open a lock without the key.

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

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