Yet another Luther and Super Man.
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
The masterminds of the Reformation were problematic in many ways. For example, Martin Luther had some serious racism problems, and John Calvin burned people for differing beliefs. It’s important to acknowledge that, while we benefit greatly from some of the shifts that emerged from the Reformation, its inception came about from the work of flawed individuals.
Along with sola scriptura which we learned yesterday, the Reformation also brought about the idea of sola fide (faith alone) and sola gratia (grace alone). These two ideas simply mean that we are saved by the grace of Jesus through faith alone.
Jesus is the reason for the good in our lives and the good we impart to others. We are able to live fulfilling lives in community and fruitfulness because of God’s intentional work in our lives.
Just as those flawed men reformed the church, may we reform our lives, our families, and our communities with full awareness of our need for the work of God in us and through us. Friends, we are very needy, and we are in good company!
Take a few minutes and consider the ways in which God is influencing your morning. In what ways can you acknowledge Jesus this morning? How are you experiencing his grace?