May 30, 2014


1 Samuel 2:1-10; Ephesians 2:1-10; Matthew 7:22-27

Note the careful order of the Apostle’s wording. First, we were dead in our trespasses. Next, salvation comes through faith in the grace of God. Last, we are created for good works. (Eph 2:1,8-10)

Good works come as a result of salvation. They do not save us but rather, come as a result of the Spirit of God living within. The biblical language leads one to wonder if our good works are at least as much an expression of God’s doing as they are of our own. “We are his workmanship” (Eph 2:10) could almost be translated, “We are his poem.” (Greek: poiéma) Luther wrote, “We are the verses or songs He writes.” (Works, vol 7, p366)

We may do much and do it for God, but must be sure to only exult in his great work in us through Christ. Rejoice in his salvation alone; do not trust in church work or social action. God will weigh all our deeds and they had better be his poems. If they are our own verses, they will be regarded as so many works of lawlessness, still dead in sin.

Prayer: Lord, write in me a line or two today that brings you glory. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.

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