Today’s devotion is based on John 8:31 “Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.”’
A little over 500 years ago, on October 31, 1517, a monk named Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. This document contained statements questioning the church’s teachings about how God forgives sinners.
It was intended to encourage scholarly discussion. The issue, in this case, was not how we are forgiven but who was in charge of Christianity. Luther believed that Jesus’ teaching in the Bible was the one source of authority for Christians. But at that time, almost everyone believed the church’s leaders in Rome were in charge.
So, at his trial, they asked him a simple question: “Will you recant?” He knew what they meant: “Will you admit you were wrong and take back everything you taught?” They wanted him to say yes, but that would mean letting go of Jesus’ teaching. But Luther was Jesus’ disciple and had learned to hold to Christ’s teaching at all costs.
What about you? Do you want to be Jesus’ disciple too? You are Jesus’ disciple if you hold to his teaching. That means hearing, reading, learning, and taking God’s Word to heart.
Please pray with me: Lord, keep me steadfast in your Word. Amen.