Luther's First Thesis and Last Words
At church we’ve been working through the book of Acts, looking at what God has to say to us today through the story of the early church and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
One of the main topics this past Sunday was repentance; the necessity, and the role it plays in building a healthy, vibrant church when fellow believers confess their sins to each other and pray for each other.
As I stopped to reflect on my own life, it made me think of the times when my walk with Jesus was most vibrant and alive. What was the catalyst? In ever case the spark that ignited the flame was always the same - repentance. The recognition of sin’s hold on my life brought me to my knees in humble submission; that in turn led to a powerful outpouring of God’s Spirit working in and through me.
When life is “normal” and the dramatic sins we associate with the “old” life are long in the rear-view mirror, it becomes easy to take our position in Christ for granted and slip into thinking we’re pretty good people. Yeah there are little things here and there, but that’s no big deal - we’re good with Jesus right? Another moment of reflection brought me to the realization that all of my major spiritual “falls” started with this gradual slide into complacency.
Where does real change start? On our knees, day by day - as Martin Luther once said, When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said “Repent,” he intended that the entire life of believers should be repentance.