Thursday, May 06, 2010

Luther on Vocation

I preached on the calling of our work last Sunday (LISTEN HERE!) as we announced that Pastor Steve has resigned from his position as Pastor of Adult Ministries to work with his wife in their business.

This doctrine of vocation (latin "vocare" = calling) is one more biblical doctrine helpfully recovered by Martin Luther, who rediscovered the transforming truth of 1 Corinthians 7:17-24.

Martin, in an age of priestcraft, truly believed that the calling of the shoemaker was equivalent to the calling of a pastor. He believed all our work was assigned to us by God and therefore could glorify God as we do it with Him and for Him. He saw work as one of our primary means of fulfilling that second commandment to love our neighbors. He believed that our work was a means by which God hid Himself and through which God Himself worked in the world.

Here's a a couple quotes. . . .

All our work in the field, in the garden, in the city, in the home, in struggle, in government-to what does it all amount before God except child's play, by means of which God is pleased to give his gifts in the field, at home, and everywhere? These are the masks of our Lord God, behind which he wants to be hidden and to do all things.

A cobbler, a smith, a farmer, each has the work and office of his trade, and yet they are all alike consecrated priests and bishops, and every one by means of his own work or office must benefit and serve every other, that in this way many kinds of work may be done for the bodily and spiritual welfare of the community, even as all the members of the body serve one another

1 comment:

A Skin Bag for Jesus! said...

Well, honestly, it took me 9 re-starts to be able to listen to the whole of this sermon ((*smile*))... Just call me determined, or persistent... but I did finally finish. I ran across your blog when merely clicking the "next blog" at the top of the page. Needless to say, I enjoyed your sermon... and the "calling" that our Lord has called us to in the work that He's purposed and planned and given us. The picture that God once gave me that showed powerful enough to stick, is that He just needs "a vehicle"... a "donkey" (as He rode into Jerusalem on), a skin-bag, "flesh," or a "jar of clay" to ride in to wherever He wants to go.... thus, He calls us each to different jobs in different places... in order to do the work that He's doing simply using us as His vessels. Not that He has to... but because for some reason He chooses to do so. How honored I am that Jesus would live IN me... as He still goes about His Father's business.

Thanks for letting Him use you.. and serving where He has placed you. Thanks to for posting your message here... for a girl way over here in Alabama could reap from what He's given you to preach on.

Blessings to you,