Friday, January 11, 2019

Barclay on conversion: social conscience

Friday, January 11, 2019
    Commemoration of Mary Slessor, Missionary in West Africa, 1915
    His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    —Ephesians 3:10-11 (NIV)
    [Continued from yesterday]
    A conversion is incomplete if it does not leave one with an intense social consciousness, if it does not fill one with a sense of overwhelming responsibility for the world. It has been said... truly that the Church exists for those outside of itself.
    The Church must never be in any sense a little huddle of pious people, shutting their doors against the world, lost in prayer and praise, connoisseurs of preaching and liturgy, busy mutually congratulating themselves on the excellence of their Christian experience.
    ... William Barclay (1907-1978), In the Hands of God, New York: Harper & Row, 1967, Westminster Press, 1981, p. 41 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 3:10-11; Gal. 2:10; Heb. 13:16; Jas. 1:27; 1 John 3:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead Your church to demonstrate Your love.
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