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Five Minutes a Day with Luther
Friday, May 22, 2020

Bible Passage:Gal 6:5

For each one shall bear his own burden.

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This is, as it were, the reason or confirmation of the former sentence, lest any man should lean to other men's judgments in praising and commending of him.  This is like saying: It is not good for you to seek glory from another, and not from within yourself; for in the agony of death, and the last judgment, it shall not profit you that others have praised you; for other men shall not bear your burden, but you must stand before the judgment seat of Christ and bear your burden alone.  These your praisers shall not help you at all.  For when you die, their praises will cease.  And in that day, when the Lord will judge the secrets of all hearts, the witness of your own conscience must stand either with you or against you (Rom 2:15).  Against you, if you find your glory in the opinions of other men; with you, if you have found it in yourself, that is; if your conscience bears witness that you have done your duty in the ministry of the Word, or otherwise, according to your calling, sincerely and faithfully, having respect for the glory of God only and the salvation of souls.  These words: "Each one shall bear his own burden," are very vehement and ought so to terrify us that we should not be desire empty glory.  Our ministry is good and sound, for we seek thereby the salvation of souls.  But the ministry of the fantastical heads is not so, for they seek their own praise.  Paul speaks so much against this vice of vain-glory, because when it comes to suppressing it no man is so strong, but that he has need of continual prayer, and only the Holy Ghost can preserve us from being infected with this vice.


On what has now been sown,
Thy blessing, Lord, bestow;
The power is Thine alone
To make it spring and grow:
Do Thou in grace harvest raise,
And Thou alone shalt have the praise.

--
Cuda.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
It isn't whether we win or lose, it is "Do we stand faithfully?"


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