Happy Reformation Day!
Halloween just has no draw for me when we have the opportunity to celebrate the recovery of the gospel and its implications for life. We celebrate the recovery of God’s word, which points us to the gospel which brings life and the certain hope of resurrection.
This year my family has been singing the great little hymn, “God’s Word is Our Great Heritage” as we prepared for and celebrate Reformation Day. It is set to the tune of “A Mighty Fortress” and captures an essential element of the Reformation.
God’s Word is our great heritage
And shall be ours forever;
To spread its light from age to age
Shall be our chief endeavor.
Through life it guides our way,
In death it is our stay.
Lord, grant while time shall last,
Your Church may hold it fast
Throughout all generations.
What a heritage we have in God’s Word! Spreading the light of this Word is indeed our chief endeavor, as we seek to remind believers of its truths and take those truths to those who’ve yet to believe or never heard. And this Word is our guide and strength in life and in death. I want to be reminded of these truths and to instill them in my children from their earliest days. I want them to see their father rejoicing in and seeking to live out these truths. In this way we labor for the church to hold fast to Scripture throughout the ages.