Dove carving from the chancel at Organ Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC
Daily Reformation, Acts 10:44-48
From the Reformer
Paul as a true apostle of faith always has the word “faith” on the tip of his tongue. By faith, says he, we are the children of God. The Law cannot beget children of God. It cannot regenerate us. It can only remind us of the old birth by which we were born into the kingdom of the devil. The best the Law can do for us is to prepare us for a new birth through faith in Christ Jesus. Faith in Christ regenerates us into the children of God. St. John bears witness to this in his Gospel: “As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). What tongue of man or angel can adequately extol the mercy of God toward us miserable sinners in that He adopted us for His own children and fellow-heirs with His Son by the simple means of faith in Christ Jesus!
—Martin Luther, Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
Who would believe it? God showed that one favor of sending his Son to die for someone as miserable as that guy. That guy is no good; some days he does not even like himself and other days he is full of vainglory. Still, Christ died for that guy and sent his Spirit to abide in him and keep him on the path to the heavenly home. But that guy is a sinner. God should not care for someone like that guy. Yet he does. As unbelievable as it may seem, “that guy” is you.
So as miserable as you may be about yourself some days, and as difficult as it sometimes is to keep walking with Christ the way you want to, realize that you want to because he wants you to walk with him. So walk! He wants you to get in step because he cares for you. So know that those who follow him, do so by his grace and his strength, even if their steps seem to themselves as stumbling—even if it seems they do not deserve his attention. For in fact, you do not deserve his consideration; no one does. Nevertheless, God has chosen to bestow his love on the likes of guys like you.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers