Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Evan Hopkins: self-renunciation

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
    [Jesus:] “And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”
    —Matthew 5:40-42 (NIV)
    [Christ] looks today, as He has ever looked, not for crowds drifting aimlessly in His track, but for individual men and women whose undying allegiance will spring from their having recognized that He really wants only those who are prepared to follow the path of self-renunciation which He trod before them.
    ... H. A. Evan Hopkins, Henceforth: the Meaning of Christian Discipleship [1942], Chicago, Ill.: Inter-Varsity Press, 1964, p. 22 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 5:40-42; 10:37-39; Mark 8:34-35; Luke 9:23-24; 14:26-27; 21:4; John 12:25; Acts 20:24; 1 Cor. 10:32-33; Gal. 2:20; 5:24; Phil. 3:7-8; 1 Pet. 2:11; Heb. 13:12-13; Rev. 12:11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, help me to loosen my grip on the things of this world.
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