“The Christian shoemaker does his duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship.” Supposedly by Martin Luther

I've always like that quote and until recently thought it truly came from Luther. Yet, Lutherans say it is not from Luther. I find it brings to mind a point worth considering in an age of shallow religion and I have been considering myself on this point as well.

In our day on conservative news web sites and cable networks it is common to see on-air personalities prominently flashing their crosses outside their blouse or dress shirts. Or you have athletes who make an ostentatious point of kneeling in prayer before the vast audiences as if that is their witness or act to glorify God. But, I wonder how that fits considering the following:

One the one hand:
"When therefore thou doest alms, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret shall recompense thee." (Matt 6:2-4, ERV)

On the other hand:
"Even so let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matt 5:16, ERV)

"Beloved, I beseech you as sojourners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your behaviour seemly among the Gentiles; that, wherein they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by your good works, which they behold, glorify God in the day of visitation." (1Pet 2:11-12, ERV)

I think each of us have to be comfortable in our own skin, determining if what we do or what we are, is to glorify God, or are we actually glorifying ourselves and saying 'Look at me'. Individuals can have life circumstances that fit them alone that don't fit rules exactly. Maybe focusing on the first and second great commandments will cause all to fall into place:

"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind...
"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Matt 22:37-39, ERV)

Expanded elsewhere:

"Hereby we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and do his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." (1John 5:2-3, ERV)

"Owe no man anything, save to love one another: for he that loveth his neighbour hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not covet, and if there be any other commandment, it is summed up in this word, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: love therefore is the fulfillment of the law." (Rom 13:8-10, ERV)


Eddie

A New Covenant believer who embraces the Five Solas. My Sola Scriptura study uses the KJV, RV, YLT & LXX English translations using the 1828 Webster's Dict.; and word studies based on the Hebrew, Greek & LXX. I value the doctrinal understandings held in unison by the body of Christ as in the old paths, Jeremiah 6:16.