I never used to like history. I thought it was boring. I used to hate knowing different theologies of different people. I thought it was a waste of time. All I wanted to do was love on teens, and give them the gospel.
But I’m loving history more and more, and loving learning about theology more and more (so much I now minor in it). I groaned at the thought of taking “History of Christianity” this semester, but let me tell you–my heart is changed. I am fascinated.
The other night I read about Martin Luther. I’ve read about his guy 30487 times, but something really hit me the other night. Luther wanted so badly to obtain salvation. He desired more than anything not to go to hell and to have a restored standing in God’s eyes. Luther went on pilgrimages, beat himself, and was constantly confessing his sins to become closer to God. I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around it. In his quest, he ended up denying the church’s means of atonement through indulgences. Luther desired God so much that he even spoke out against the church’s practices and began a movement of reformation. And this inspires me. Do I desire the Lord that much? What have I done that shows this?