No Scorekeeping


This is my first devotion as part of the GGCC devotion team. I was thinking of how fortuitous it is that I am writing this for publication on October 31. October 31, 2017 marks 500 years since the monk and priest Martin Luther nailed a series of statements calling for reform in the Catholic church to the door of the city church in Wittenberg, Germany. 

Romans 3:21-26  (NIV) Righteousness Through Faith~

21  But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  22  This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,  23  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  24  and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25  God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—  26  he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. 

Luther's rediscovery of Christ and His salvation was the first of two points that became the foundation for the Reformation. 

I say it is fortuitous because Lois randomly selected my slot in the schedule and I had been thinking of writing about “justification by faith” for awhile. You see, I was raised as a young boy in the Catholic faith before Vatican II. Vatican II, which was convened between 1962 and 1965, addressed relations between the Catholic Church and the modern world. Back in the day, the world I was raised in was all about keeping score. Of course the sale of indulgences had ended long ago thanks to Luther but God still had ledgers to tally my good and bad actions, thoughts, motivations etc. and I could never accumulate more pluses than minuses. As I studied Luther and began reading the bible in my early 20’s I was set free to enter into an ever deeper relationship with God.

God of mercy and grace, we commit our lives to your living Word, Jesus Christ.  Help us, your church universal, to grow in faith and love, so that we might always live in trust and hope. Amen

Mark Autterson

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Steve Koerwitz wrote:
Mark, happy to see your name at the bottom of that devotional piece; I look forward to more in the future!
Thanks

Tue, October 31, 2017 @ 2:03 PM

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