Saturday, December 01, 2018

Law: the two masters

Saturday, December 1, 2018
    Commemoration of Charles de Foucauld, Hermit, Servant of the Poor, 1916
    I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!
    —Revelation 3:15 (NIV)
    Whilst you are divided betwixt God and the world, you have neither the pleasures of religion, nor the pleasures of the world; but are always in the uneasiness of a divided state of heart. You have only so much religion as serves to disquiet you; to check your enjoyments; to show you a handwriting on the wall; to interrupt your pleasures; and to appear as a death’s-head at all your feasts; but not religion enough to give you a taste and feeling of its proper pleasures and satisfactions. You dare not wholly neglect religion; but then you take no more than is just sufficient to keep you from being a terror to yourself; and you are as loath to be very good, as you are fearful to be very bad.
    ... William Law (1686-1761), Christian Perfection [1726], London: W. Baynes, 1807, p. 335-336 (see the book)
    See also Rev. 3:15; Josh. 24:15; 1 Kings 18:21; Isa. 29:18; Zeph. 1:4-6; Matt. 6:24; 10:37; Luke 14:27; Jas. 1:6-8; 4:8; Rev. 2:4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead me to passion and ardor for Your name.
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