Martin Luther on Sharing the Word

On this Reformation Day, it is appropriate to be reminded of Luther’s view on a Christian’s participation in the missio Dei.  The following quote is one of my favourite Martin Luther quotes on mission.

Martin Luther: “For once a Christian begins to know Christ as his Lord and Savior, through whom he is redeemed from death and brought into His dominion and inheritance, God completely permeates his heart. Now he is eager to help everyone acquire the same benefits.  For his greatest delight is in this treasure, the knowledge of Christ.  Therefore he steps forth boldly, teaches and admonishes others, praises and confesses his treasure before everybody, prays and yearns that they too, may obtain such mercy.  There is a spirit of restlessness amid the greatest calm, that is, in God’s grace and peace.  A Christian cannot be still or idle. He constantly strives and struggles with all his might, as one who has no other object in life than to disseminate God’s honor and glory among the people, that others may also receive such a spirit of grace ….  (Luther’s Works 24:87-88)

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