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Daily Reformation, Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

From the Reformer

…Paul teaches the true liturgy and makes all Christians priests, so that they may offer, not money or cattle, as priests do in the Law, but their own bodies, by putting their desires to death. Next he describes the outward conduct of Christians whose lives are governed by the Spirit; he tells how they teach, preach, rule, serve, give, suffer, love, live and act toward friend, foe and everyone. These are the works that a Christian does, for, as I have said, faith is not idle.

—Martin Luther, Preface to Romans

Pulling It Together

Martin and James had much in common but so great was Luther’s disdain for so-called saving acts that he recoiled at James’ teaching that “faith is not idle.” Yet, the Reformer and the Apostle were saying the same thing. Their teaching is that the true Christian heart is bent to the affections of God, who cares for the poor, the sick, the lame, the illiterate, and the lost. These and many other “works” accompany real faith and prove that one has a living faith.

Such proof, some days, is not so much for the sake of others, as for you.

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

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