Daily Reformation, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15
About the Reformer
Luther now entered boldly upon his work as a champion of the truth. His voice was heard from the pulpit in earnest, solemn warning. He set before the people the offensive character of sin, and taught them that it is impossible for man, by his own works, to lessen its guilt or evade its punishment. Nothing but repentance toward God and faith in Christ can save the sinner. The grace of Christ cannot be purchased; it is a free gift. He counseled the people not to buy indulgences, but to look in faith to a crucified Redeemer. He related his own painful experience in vainly seeking by humiliation and penance to secure salvation, and assured his hearers that it was by looking away from himself and believing in Christ that he found peace and joy.
—Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy
Pulling It Together
Are you ready? When Jesus said to those earliest disciples on the shores of Galilee, “Follow me,” he also meant, “Let’s get busy.” Almost immediately they went into the cities’ synagogues and elsewhere, preaching the kingdom. You may be willing, as were some of the first called, but they wished to conduct business and bury the dead first. You may be willing but are you ready? It is now time to abound in grace and see through to the end what God has called you to in following his Son. Let us be willing and ready to do the King’s business.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers