Day 157: June 6, 2013

Today's Reading(s)

Luke 16:1–31 Read Online
Luke 17:1-10 Read Online

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Today's Reflection

Key Verse(s)

In the same way, when you have done all that you were commanded, you should say, “We are good-for-nothing slaves; we’ve only done our duty.”

—Luke 17:10

Here I Stand - I Can Do No Other
by Eric Newton,

“Here I stand. I can do no other. So help me God.” This is alleged to be the famous quote of Martin Luther as he stood before the Roman Catholic leadership.

As we read today’s scripture, we’re confronted with many issues of this life—riches, adultery, divorce, poverty, the law, the prophets, and sin in general.

We’re told there will always be temptations to sin. We’re told to confront people who sin. Yet Jesus says, “Let whoever is without sin cast the first stone.”

How many times must we forgive? As many times as they ask for forgiveness.

Martin Luther understood the significance of forgiveness. As a result, he penned the “95 Theses” and started the Protestant Reformation. Because he realized his sin and need for Christ, Baptists exist today.

It’s amazing what God can do when we recognize our need for Him. Which one of the sins listed in today’s passage impact you?

The secret to the Christian life is recognizing that all we are depends upon Him. When we get to the point in our lives where we recognize this, we can do great things for Christ. It’s not about us. It’s about Him and what He’s doing through us.

It took a lightning storm to get Martin Luther’s attention. Hopefully, today’s scripture can get your attention.

“We are good-for-nothing slaves; we’ve only done our duty.” Or as Martin Luther said, “Here I stand. I can do no other.” Stand up for Christ today.

Reflection Questions

  1. What reformation can you start by recognizing it’s not about you?
  2. What sin are you holding onto that’s keeping His power from using you?
  3. Have you recognized that you’re an unworthy servant who’s simply doing your duty?

About the Author

Eric Newton