A Reformation Day thought: We might carry the same passions as prophets or reformers in the past. Those Christ-following people noticed something that needed correcting. Perhaps it seemed small, but it was connected to larger matters. By calling attention to and resolving a perhaps-minor problem, these believers hoped eventually to affect wider change.
They started simply, marshalling their personal assets for maximum effect. They reacted tangibly to what they had seen and heard. They grounded themselves in spirituality that Scripture provided. They worked inside the enterprises they hoped to change. Eventually their efforts attracted the attention of others, who surrounded them like “the cloud of witnesses.” (Hebrews 12:1)
They told the truth, sometimes bluntly, but still graciously. They chose their words carefully, and listened even more caringly to the responses they heard. They remained undiminished by setbacks—their influence was more powerful than any barriers. They didn’t worry whether their efforts would be completed in their lifetimes.
You and I may think and act like these historical prophets and reformers. We try to live beyond overly simple notions of righteousness. We’re pragmatic, powerful in our own ways. Spiritual discernment is one of our gifts. We understand that our lives are in God’s hands and lived for God’s purposes.
Two questions might help frame what’s-next for our lives:
- When it comes to righteousness in these times, what do we see that others might have missed?
- Given our gifts and our station(s) in life, where can we do the most good?
If this entry has connected with you in any way, look around and see that God has raised up other reformers and prophets like you. You are not alone in this work.
Let’s keep at this together…!
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