Luther is frequently quoted in support of the goodness of the vocations we pursue in everyday life. But let’s make sure we get the quote right, says Justin Taylor from The Gospel Coalition via Frederic Gaiser in Word and World:
The Christian shoemaker does his Christian duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship.
“[W]hat marks Luther’s doctrine of vocation is the insistence that the work is done in service of the neighbor and of the world. God likes shoes (and good ones!) not for their own sake, but because the neighbor needs shoes. . . .”
Read more (and some more things Luther didn’t actually say) here. Prepare to be surprised!