Original photo by Oliver Dixon
Daily Reformation, Ezekiel 17:22-24
About the Reformer
Luther is of middle stature; his body thin, and so wasted by care and study that nearly all his bones may be counted. He is in the prime of life. His voice is clear and melodious. His learning, and his knowledge of Scripture are so extraordinary that he has nearly every thing at his fingers’ ends. Greek and Hebrew he understands sufficiently well to give his judgment on interpretations. For conversation, he has a rich store of subjects at his command; a vast forest (silva ingens) of thoughts and words is at his disposal. He is polite and clever. There is nothing stoical, nothing supercilious, about him; and he understands how to adapt himself to different persons and times. In society he is lively and agreeable. He is always fresh, cheerful, and at his ease, and has a pleasant countenance, however hard his enemies may threaten him, so that one cannot but believe that Heaven is with him in his great undertaking. Most people, however, reproach him with want of moderation in polemics, and with being rather imprudent and more cutting than befits a theologian and a reformer.
—a description of Martin Luther by Peter Mosellanus,
who presided over the disputation between Luther and Johann Eck,
from Philip Schaff’s History of the Christian Church
Pulling It Together
The art instruction book counseled keeping every drawing ever attempted. Put them in a box or drawer, no matter how crude or childish the attempt. Then you can look back, years later, and see that you have made improvement. How nice it might be for the Christian to be able to look back and accurately recall their beginnings in the journey of faith. Not only have you come a distance but you are still maturing. God is not yet finished shaping you. If you keep living for Christ, his best work in you is yet to come. You have yet to see the fulfillment of your promise in his kingdom.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers