Thursday, August 24, 2023

Donne: for the glory of God

Thursday, August 24, 2023
    Feast of Bartholomew the Apostle
    This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
    —2 Corinthians 9:12-13 (NIV)
    As I do no good action here, merely for the interpretation of good men, though that be one good and justifiable reason of my good actions: so I must do nothing for my salvation hereafter, merely for the love I bear to mine own soul, though that also be one good and justifiable reason of that action; but the primary reason in both, as well as the actions that establish a good name, as the actions that establish eternal life, must be the glory of God.
    ... John Donne (1573-1631), Works of John Donne, vol. III, London: John W. Parker, 1839, Sermon LXI, p. 76 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 9:12-13; Hab. 2:14; Matt. 5:16; John 15:7-8; Eph. 2:8-10; Tit. 2:11-14; 1 Pet. 2:12
Quiet time reflection:
    For all that I may accomplish, to God be the glory.
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