We Are All Beggars

We are all beggars…

These were the reported last words of Martin Luther.  It is how he defined his life and journey as a monk, reformer and follower of Christ.  This is no more evident than in his first mass he performed as a monk, even then we see how he perceived himself in the presence of the Mighty God. Here is an excerpt from Martin Luther’s biography “Here I Stand” 

The day began with the chiming of the cloister bells and the chanting of the Psalm, “O sing unto the Lord a new song.”  Luther took his place before  the altar and began to recite the introductory portion of the mass until he came to the words, “we offer unto thee, the living,  the true, the eternal God.” He related afterward;  “At these words I was utterly stupefied     and terror stricken. I thought to myself,  ‘With what tongue shall I address such Majesty,  seeing that all men ought to tremble in the presence of of even an earthly prince? Who am I, that I should lift up mine eye or raise my hands to the divine Majesty?  The angels surround him. At his nod the earth trembles.  And shall I, a miserable little pygmy, say ‘I want this , I ask for that’?  For I am dust and ashes and full of sin and I am speaking to the  living, eternal and the true God.*

I get it, so many times I’ve asked, “Are you sure Lord that’s it’s me you want to lead these people in your ways?”  I imagine Jesus and an angel standing at the rail in heaven, they are looking down on me and the angel asks, “So what’s your plan ‘B’?”, Jesus smiles and says, “There is no plan ‘B’, he’s it, he is exactly who I choose to be my heart and hands.”  It is an awesome feeling to know that God has chosen me to minister to his people; his word, his means of grace and his amazing love.  Like Martin Luther, I am overwhelmed and if I had a statement like Luther’s that defined my life and journey it would be; “I am just a man who fell in love with Jesus and kept getting promoted.”  The whole core of my relationship is my love and relationship with God.  Even though I have been trained, have years of experience and have been blessed with the opportunity to disciple and pastor, I still don’t define my self as a “minister”.  I am a follower of Christ and He lets me look like a minister every now and then.  I cherish and take very seriously this task he has allowed me to take on in my life. Read more…