Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Davidman: to protect our treasures?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
    [Jesus:] “In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.”
    —Luke 14:33 (NIV)
    We must return to Christianity, yes; but why? Because it is true? But do we, in our hearts, believe that it is true, that Christ is the Son of God and that we must follow him even at the cost of renouncing this life and all its treasures? We say little about that, much about our need for Christianity to protect our treasures. Yet surely Christianity was not meant to save the world for us; it was meant to save us from the world.
    ... Joy Davidman (1915-1960), Smoke on the Mountain, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1955, reprint, Westminster John Knox Press, 1985, p. 36 (see the book)
    See also Luke 14:33; Ex. 20:4-6; Matt. 6:19-21; 19:21-22; Luke 12:15,33-34; 18:22; Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35; 1 Cor. 10:14; 1 Tim. 6:17-19; Heb. 10:34
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, remove all worldly desires from my heart.
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