ONE SOLITARY LIFE
Through the years now in my Christian walk I have read and have heard wonderful stories of faithful men and women who have had such great spiritual impact upon many lives. Can I name a few?
Coach Dan Stavely was a freshman football coach at the University of Colorado. He was faithful in teaching and sharing the holy Scriptures throughout his life. Even after retiring, his weekly venue and agenda consisted of leading Bible studies for students at colleges and universities throughout Colorado. How many lives he impacted for the kingdom, heaven only knows. Coach is home with the Lord now, but many of us were men and women who were touched by his faithfulness to the Lord.
Untold numbers of missionaries have laid their lives down for the sake of preaching the gospel. Through jungles and desert storms; from the arctic cold to the sweltering equatorial heat, their purpose was to present the means of salvation to various cultures and people groups who had never heard the good news.
Five hundred years ago, the church was languishing in the mire of ungodly leadership that had the disgusting and putrid stench of the fires of hell. Due to a complete absence of biblical direction and authority, many of the pastors had no means to present the gospel of Jesus Christ, because they themselves had no understanding of the gospel
But God raised up a man for the hour. His knowledge and understanding of Greek and Latin and the anointing of the Holy Spirit that was upon him, allowed him to present the true Gospel of grace of which few in the church had known for centuries.
Yet Martin Luther was not an island unto himself. It is so interesting that in the background of his ministry, which lead to the Reformation, was a man with whom he had never spoken, had never personally met, and who had only been in his presence one time. His name was Prince Frederick.
Prince Frederick had the power and authority to protect Martin Luther at a time when men were being assigned to assassinate him. The point is that Martin Luther, accused of heresy by the Roman Catholic church, would have been burned at the stake, in the same manner that John Hus had suffered some one hundred years earlier. (You see, John Hus was also teaching the Bible…..nothing less, nothing more.)
It is obvious that Luther had touched Prince Frederick’s life with the Gospel that he had preached and the New Testament, which Martin Luther had translated in their German language.
But Martin would not have prevailed without the God ordained protection from Prince Frederick; a man, we might say, was behind the scenes, yet in the perfect will of the Father.
Prince Frederick was like many who had gone before him, and like many who would follow: just one solitary life.