Friday, February 17, 2006

CQOD: 02/17/06 -- Law: a heavenly course of life

Christian Quotation of the Day

February 17, 2006
Feast of Janani Luwum, Archbishop of Uganda, Martyr, 1977
    But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
    -- Philippians 3:20-21 (ESV)

    Men must not content themselves with the lawfulness of their employments, but must consider whether they use them, as they are to use everything, as strangers and pilgrims that are baptised into the resurrection of Jesus Christ, that we are to follow Him in a wise and heavenly course of life, in the mortification of the worldly desires, and in purifying and preparing their souls for the blessed enjoyment of God. For to be vain, or proud, or covetous, or ambitious, in the common course of our business, is as contrary to these holy tempers of Christianity as cheating and dishonesty. If a glutton were to say, in excuse of his gluttony, that he only eats such things as it is lawful to eat, he would make as good an excuse for himself as the greedy, covetous, ambitious tradesman that would say that he only deals in lawful business. For, as a Christian is not only required to be honest, but to be of a Christian spirit, and make his life an exercise of humility, repentance, and heavenly affection, so all tempers that are contrary to these are as contrary to Christianity as cheating is contrary to honesty.
    ... William Law (1686-1761), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life [1728]

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, keep reminding me of my heavenly citizenship, and steer me away from the values of this world.

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