Divine Assistance

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Daily Reformation, Galatians 3:1-5

From the Reformer

What did Jesus say to Martha when she was very “careful and troubled about many things” and could hardly stand to see her sister Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus, just listening? “Martha, Martha,” Jesus said, “thou art careful and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” A person becomes a Christian not by working, but by hearing. The first step to being a Christian is to hear the Gospel. When a person has accepted the Gospel, let him first give thanks unto God with a glad heart, and then let him get busy on the good works to strive for, works that really please God, and not man-made and self-chosen works.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

“Here, let me do it,” he said. He could see the frustration of his son as the boy tried to tie his shoestrings and wanted to do it for him, as he had always done. This time, he suggested, “Let’s do it together.” He smiled and so, the father laid his hands on those little fingers and fashioned the knots. They did this together every day for some weeks until his little hands could do it without thinking. The memory of his touch lingers to this day. He would never consider, now that he is a man with children of his own, of going back to doing it the old frustrating way. He no longer thinks as a child. Just so, now having lived in the Spirit’s assistance for all these years, he would never think of living life on his own again.

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

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