I had a discovery tonight. There is a very popular line within Christendom which I don’t like and I believe is wrong-headed and faithless. My own pastor uses it fairly frequently. It is: Pray as if everything depends on God and work as if everything depends on you. I’m sure that I have mentioned it before.
In any case, I was reading a book tonight by Brennan Manning who traced this popular phrase back to Ignatius Loyola. Only in Ignatius’ writing it is Work as if everything depends on God, Pray as if everything depends on you which I think is far more right.
To add context, Manning quoted Ignatius Loyola in a meditation on this parable:
And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”