Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Law: not conforming to the world

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
    As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
    —2 Corinthians 6:1-2 (NIV)
    [Continued from yesterday]
    Whatever, therefore, is foolish, ridiculous, vain, or earthly, or sensual, in the life of a Christian is something that ought not to be there, that is a spot and a defilement that must be washed away with tears of repentance. But if any thing of this kind runs all through the course of our life, if we allow ourselves in things that are either vain, foolish, or sensual, we renounce our profession.
    For as sure as Jesus Christ was wisdom and holiness, as sure as He came to make us like Himself and to be baptized into His Spirit, so sure is it, that none can be said to keep to their Christian profession but they who, to the utmost of their power, live a wise and holy and heavenly life. This, and this alone, is Christianity, a universal holiness in every part of life, a heavenly wisdom in all our actions, not conforming to the spirit and temper of the world, but turning all worldly enjoyments into means of piety and devotion to God.
    ... William Law (1686-1761), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life [1728], London: Methuen, 1899, p. 157-158 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 6:1-2; Ps. 51:7,10; John 15:18; Rom. 12:1-2; Phil. 4:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have granted me heavenly life.
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