Sermon on the Gospel of John 2:1–11,1525
No one will believe that it is serving God to perform diligently and well the domestic duties, otherwise the servants and the children would zealously and merrily do their work in the house, determined to make a paradise of it by gladly doing the will of their superiors. They should say: no matter if I am now and then reprimanded, since I well know that my calling and position is also a service of my God. Alas, such servants are scarce. Ought not every maidservant who is God-fearing and pious, when ordered to cook and the like, be cheered by the example of the mother of Christ, so that she will say: my duties are like those which the Virgin Mary performed at the marriage. Though my task is but an inferior one, and insignificant, yet I will execute it to the honor of God, who has ordered such obedience—and I know that my labor thus performed will be pleasing to Him. The world may ridicule such compliance with the demands of duty, but he who wishes to be a Christian will regard it as necessary, and as a proper service of God. Thus can all servants in the house, whether male or female, take pleasure in the work of their several stations; yea, they can truly exclaim: we praise Thee, O God, for the labor which Thou hast assigned to us, inasmuch as we are thus enabled to serve Thee much better than do the monks and nuns who have no divine command.
They who are thus content in their position will do their work with cheerfulness and pleasure, and have an Eden upon earth, while God and His holy angels will rejoice at it. Likewise will the master and the mistress of such servants richly reward them for their faithful and willing services. Trustworthy and pious servants are highly valued everywhere.