Friday, February 03, 2017

Calvin: imperfect offerings

Friday, February 3, 2017
    Feast of Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary to Denmark and Sweden, 865
    But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
    —James 1:25 (ESV)
    But sons who are more generously and candidly treated by their fathers do not hesitate to offer them incomplete and halfdone and even defective works, trusting that their obedience and readiness of mind will be accepted by their fathers, even though they have not quite achieved what their fathers intended. Such children ought we to be, firmly trusting that our services will be approved by our most merciful Father, however small, rude, and imperfect these may be.
    ... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. II, tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, III.xix.5, p. 65 (see the book)
    See also Jas. 1:25; Ps. 119:2-3; Mark 12:41-44; Luke 6:47-49; 11:28; 1 Cor. 15:58
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, it is You who transforms my imperfect offerings into glory.
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