27 September 2016

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

What would you do if Christ himself with all the angels were visibly to descend, and command you in your home to sweep your house and wash the pans and kettles? How happy you would feel, and would not know how to act for joy, not for the work's sake, but that you knew that thereby you were serving him, who is greater than heaven and earth. If we would only consider this, and by the power of the Word look beyond us, and think that it is not man, but God in heaven who wishes and commands these things, we would run full speed, and in a most faithful and diligent manner rather do these common, insignificant works, as they are regarded, than any others.—Martin Luther, Homily for Trinity XIX

1 comment:

Michael L. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D said...

I'd like to think I'd first genuflect and then do right speedily what the King requested of me. At the least, it's a matter of etiquette.

Of course, if on the other hand, He deigned to gift me with His life-giving Body and Blood to eat and to drink, I suppose I'd genuflect all that much diligently. At the least, it's a matter of reverence, wonder and thanksgiving.

Your (unworthy) servant,
Herr Doktor