Friday, August 22, 2014

Thomas: how not to be worldly

Friday, August 22, 2014
    In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
    —Philippians 1:4-6 (NIV)
    Want not to be worldly? Then take Jesus’ view toward life, what’s important, for instance, to give yourself to. If you give yourself to things, you will become hard and cold. We become the thing we worship. We get to be like what we worship. If we love God, what will happen to us? Well, we will get big hearts, for one thing. We will get so we love more people than we did in the beginning. We will find ourselves being open to what God does to us and what He is telling us.
    ... Eugene M. Thomas, in a talk delivered May 15, 1983, on the subject “Not Being Worldly” (see the book)
    See also Phil. 1:4-6; Luke 16:13; Gal. 5:16; Col. 2:6-7; 1 Thess. 3:12; 2 Pet. 3:18; 1 John 4:16-18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grow my heart.
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