Monday, September 18, 2023

MacDonald: the time to redeem

Monday, September 18, 2023
    Commemoration of George MacDonald, Spiritual Writer, 1905
    Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”
    —Galatians 4:6 (NIV)
    We are the sons of God the moment we lift up our hearts, seeking to be sons—the moment we begin to cry Father. But as the world must be redeemed in a few men to begin with, so the soul is redeemed in a few of its thoughts and wants and ways, to begin with: it takes a long time to finish the new creation of this redemption. Shall it have taken millions of years to bring the world up to the point where a few of its inhabitants shall desire God, and shall the creature of this new birth be perfected in a day?
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “Abba, Father!”, in Unspoken Sermons, Second Series, London: Longmans, Green, 1886, p. 131 (see the book)
    See also Gal. 4:6; Ps. 51:10; Jer. 3:19; Eze. 36:26; Rom. 8:15-17; 12:2; 1 Cor. 2:12; 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 1:5,11-14; 4:22-24; Col. 1:21-23; 3:9-10; Heb. 6:11-12; 12:1; 2 Pet. 1:10-11; 3:18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, keep me headed towards You.
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