Monday, March 15, 2021

Owen: God has work to do

Monday, March 15, 2021
    You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
    —Galatians 5:13 (NIV)
    God hath work to do in this world; and to desert it because of its difficulties and entanglements, is to cast off His authority... It is not enough that we be just, that we be righteous, and walk with God in holiness; but we must also serve our generation, as David did before he fell asleep. God hath a work to do; and not to help Him, is to oppose Him.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), Works of John Owen, v. IX, New York: R. Carter, 1851, Sermon XIII, p. 171 (see the book)
    See also Gal. 5:13; Gen. 6:9; Ps. 55:6; Jer. 9:2; 2 Pet. 3:11
Quiet time reflection:
    Teach me Lord, not to hinder the work You are doing.
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