Wednesday, January 03, 2024

Law: vainglory

Wednesday, January 3, 2024
    Commemoration of Gladys Aylward, Missionary in China, 1970
    [Jesus:] “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”
    —Matthew 6:1 (NIV)
    That same state and temper of mind which makes our alms and devotions acceptable, must also make our labour or employment a proper offering unto God. If a man labours to be rich, and pursues his business, that he may raise himself to a state of figure and glory in the world, he is no longer serving God in his employment; he is acting under other masters, and has no more title to a reward from God, than he that gives alms that he may be seen, or prays that he may be heard of men.
    ... William Law (1686-1761), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life [1728], London: Methuen, 1899, p. 51 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 6:1-6,24; 13:22; Luke 16:13; Rom. 14:8; Eph. 4:28; 1 Thess. 4:11-12; 2 Thess. 3:7-13; 1 Tim. 6:9-10; 1 Pet. 4:11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may my employment bring honor to Your name.
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