What comes first?

March 1, 2006

In earlier posts, I’ve mentioned that I read through a different theologian each month.  Last month was Augustine (I read De Magistro).  This month is Luther.  Here is a good word from a very young Luther about being a disciple, before you become a leader.

“In holy and divine matters one must first hear rather than see,
first believe rather than understand,
first be grasped rather than grasp,
first be captured rather than capture,
first learn rather than teach,
first be a disciple rather than a teacher and master of his own. 
We have an ear so that we may submit to others,
and eyes that we may take care of others. 
Therefore, whoever in the church wants to become an eye and a leader and master of others,
let him become an ear and a disciple first. 
This first.”
(Martin Luther, First Lectures on the Psalms II, Works II.245-246).