Dale Meyer, Former speaker of The Lutheran Hour and president of Concordia Seminary has a daily blog called The Meyer Minute. It’s a great source of Gospel-Centered daily devotional thoughts. His words have lifted me up and inspired me in Jesus love countless times.
On the July 24th post Meyer gives a couple quotes from Martin Luther about the place of Good works in a Christian’s life:
Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that the believer would stake his life on it a thousand times. This knowledge of and confidence in God’s grace makes men glad and bold and happy in dealing with God and with all creatures. And this is the work which the Holy Spirit performs in faith. Because of it, without compulsion, a person is ready and glad to do good to everyone, to serve everyone, to suffer everything, out of love and praise to God who has shown him this grace. Thus it is impossible to separate works from faith, quite as impossible as to separate heat and light from fire. (Martin Luther, Preface to the Romans)
As we seek to live a Gospel-Centered Mission-Focused life, we need to remember that we’re not striving to impress God. We don’t need to earn his love, to win his approval, or to secure our salvation. We have that all in faith through Jesus. Our future is secure. All we do, then, is in response to God’s love he’s shown us already.
“Faith is living, daring confidence in God’s grace.” As followers of Jesus, we can stop examining our motives, stop tallying our good deeds, and look to Jesus’ love on the Cross and know that he will give us all good things. We’re then freed to love him and to love and serve others in his name without motive and without fear.
The Rob Bell looking Luther picture found here