Over the past month, the Reformed Alliance has written about the Reformation due to it being the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. If you have read any of the previous posts, you likely read abut how Martin Luther began this movement when he nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenburg Church 500 years ago on this day. With today being the day Luther did that, I want to share my appreciation for the series of events that unfolded half a millennium ago to this day.
Colossians 4:15-17 (ESV) reads, “And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Today is truly a time for us to be thankful for the Lord, though we should thank Him all the days of our lives. While people like Martin Luther and John Calvin were important people, we must never forget that it was God’s own will that brought us out of darkness and into light.
God truly is great and amazing and these events prove that. Christianity was hurting from the Catholic Church, and people were in need of reform to fix it. And thus, God used people such as Martin Luther as instruments for His will, in order for that to happen. And now, five centuries later, people still follow the beliefs that the Reformers found in Scripture. More than that, it actually impacts our lives in such a huge way. The way I live my life is different now in a positive way since I’ve started believing in the Reformed truth.
And for all that, I give thanks to God. I praise and worship Him for reforming Christianity all those years ago and for the vessels that He used to make the required change. There should never be a day where we don’t look to God to thank Him, especially in the events that took place starting in 1517. For that, I glorify God. I glorify Him in everything I eat, everything I drink, in all the words I say, in all the deeds I do, and through everything else. And through glorifying Him, I thank Him.
I hope you all have a wonderful day, and I hope you learned a thing or two throughout this month as we wrote about the Reformation. Though this post was short, all the writers will be posting something today. I encourage you to read them and I look forward to continue writing in the days to come. May we all glorify God in all aspects of our daily lives. May we thank God for all that He has done, though specifically today for using His vessels to reform His church. And while the Reformers did play a role in the Reformation, may we never cease looking to God as the center of all of it!
Soli Deo Gloria.