Changing Diapers to the Glory of God

Some time back I heard a sermon by John Piper in which he poses the rhetorical question, “how can we change diapers to the glory of God.”  When I heard this sermon my wife was still pregnant, but now that our Rebecca is a month old I begun to think more and more about Pastor Piper’s question.  There are obviously many answers to this question, and I have found a ver good answer from none other than Martin Luther:

Now you tell me, when a father goes ahead and washes diapers or performs some other mean task for his child, and someone ridicules him as an effeminate fool -though that father is acting in the spirit just described and in Christian faith -my dear fellow you tell me, which of the two is most keenly ridiculing the other? God, with all his angels and creatures, is smiling -not because that father is washing diapers, but because he is doing so in Christian faith. Those who sneer at him and see only the task but not the faith are ridiculing God wil all his creatures, as the biggest fool on earth. Indeed, they are only ridiculing themselves; with all their cleverness they are nothing but devil’s fools.*

*Luther, The Estate of Marriage, 40-41

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