|Norma A. Boeckler|
Hence the Lord Jesus very properly concludes that the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
The fact is that the devil always has a hundred servants where the Lord has scarcely one. What can we do to effect a change for the better? Such a change we can not bring about, because the children of this world will take no counsel. But we may teach and continue to reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine, that some, if possible, may be delivered from the snares of the devil.
We should endeavor also to arouse sleepy Christians, and to urge all to be more diligent in the performance of Christian duty and to persevere in well-doing, as the children of this world persevere in evil-doing. In these our efforts we should continue, because we are the children of light, no matter how difficult it is.
Luther, Martin. House Postil, or, Sermons on the Gospels for the Sundays and Principal Festivals of the Church Year, Volume III.
“Ninth Sunday After Trinity.”