PASTOR'S POST APRIL 2018
We have come through a wonderful journey from Ash Wednesday to Glorious Easter. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit has brought you closer to Jesus in humility and faithfulness to our Lord. This is but one of many spiritual journeys you will travel. Every time you intentionally draw closer to you Lord and Savior you will be closer to your last breath on this planet.
As our faith in Christ Jesus increases every area of our life is affected. In his introduction to the Book of Romans, Dr. Martin Luther wrote, “Faith is a living, bold trust in God's grace, so certain of God's favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it. Such confidence and knowledge of God's grace makes you happy, joyful and bold in your relationship to God and all creatures. The Holy Spirit makes this happen through faith. Because of it, you freely, willingly and joyfully do good to everyone, serve everyone, suffer all kinds of things, love and praise the God who has shown you such grace. Thus, it is just as impossible to separate faith and works as it is to separate heat and light from fire! Therefore, watch out for your own false ideas and guard against good-for-nothing gossips, who think they're smart enough to define faith and works, but really are the greatest of fools. Ask God to work faith in you, or you will remain forever without faith, no matter what you wish, say or can do.”
Luther goes on to say, “Instead, faith is God's work in us, that changes us and gives new birth from God. (John 1:13). It kills the Old Adam and makes us completely different people. It changes our hearts, our spirits, our thoughts and all our powers. It brings the Holy Spirit with it. Yes, it is a living, creative, active and powerful thing, this faith. Faith cannot help doing good works constantly. It doesn't stop to ask if good works ought to be done, but before anyone asks, it already has done them and continues to do them without ceasing. Anyone who does not do good works in this manner is an unbeliever. He stumbles around and looks for faith and good works, even though he does not know what faith or good works are. Yet he gossips and chatters about faith and good works with many words.”
Faith is to trust God Almighty with every area of our lives and give God the worship and glory God deserves. Works means to serve God and others with all our heart, soul and mind. No one can do this perfectly, but we can make every effort to be the humble, servant minded person God wants us to be.
The key thought is this from his writing, “Thus, it is just as impossible to separate faith and works as it is to separate heat and light from fire!”
By God’s Grace, Pastor
COMING IN SEPTEMBER 2018—CONFIRMATION CLASSES WITH THE PASTOR—For
more information, speak with Pastor or call the church office. Classes
are for baptized youth to learn what it means to be a Lutheran Christian
and to become full members of the congregation.