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Daily Reformation, Matthew 10:2-7
From the Reformer
We do not preach for the praise of men, or the favor of princes. We preach for the favor of God alone whose grace and mercy we proclaim. Whosoever teaches a gospel contrary to ours, or different from ours, let us be bold to say that he is sent of the devil.
—Martin Luther, Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
“I wouldn’t want to offend you,” is the sentiment that makes a Christian a coward. Jesus says “go” and proclaim that the kingdom of heaven draws near. Do you hold back or do you tell it as it is for the glory of God? Ah! There it is—something to help you tell it. Do you tell it for his glory or is it concern for your glory that holds you back? Whose glory is your concern? Make your life about his glory and you may well become like Jesus, a “stumbling block and…folly” to many. (1Cor 1:23) If you do preach “Christ crucified,” you may yet bring those saving words to some dead soul.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers