Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Whitefield: tearing down the old house

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
    If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.
    —1 Corinthians 3:12-15 (NIV)
    The renewal of our natures is a work of great importance. It is not to be done in a day. We have not only a new house to build up, but an old one to pull down.
    ... George Whitefield (1714-1770), in a letter, 1735, in The Works of the Reverend George Whitefield, M.A., v. I, London: Edward and Charles Dilly, 1771, p. 8 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 3:9-17; Ps. 51:10; Rom. 12:1-2; 13:14; 1 Cor. 6:19; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:9-10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, help me to remove those temples within me that I have built to idols and self.
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