Baxter: more than our own salvation
Commemoration of Richard Baxter, Priest, Hymnographer, Teacher, 1691
I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.
—Philippians 1:23-24 (NIV)
We have greater work here to do than mere securing our own salvation. We are members of the world and church, and we must labour to do good to many. We are trusted with our Master’s talents for his service, in our places to do our best to propagate his truth, and grace, and church; and to bring home souls, and honour his cause, and edify his flock, and further the salvation of as many as we can. All this is to be done on earth, if we will secure the end of all in heaven.
... Richard Baxter (1615-1691), “Dying Thoughts upon Philippians 1:23”, in The Practical Works of Richard Baxter, v. XVIII, London: J. Duncan, 1830, p. 245 (see the book)
See also Phil. 1:23-24; John 15:26; 16:7; Acts 2:33; Rom. 13:11; Phil. 2:12-13
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, keep me alert to the work You have called me to.
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