Thursday, April 17, 2008

No Vague Sentiment

J. R. Miller

"Being Christians on Weekdays" 1912

We are too apt to imagine that holiness consists in mere good feeling toward God. It does not! It consists in obedience in heart and life to the divine requirements. To be holy is to be set apart for God and devoted to God's service, "The Lord has set apart him who is godly for himself." But if we are set apart for God in this sense, it necessarily follows that we must live for God. We belong wholly to him, and any use of our life in any other service is sacrilege, as if one would rob the very altar of its smoking sacrifice, to gratify one's common hunger.

Our hands are God's—and can fitly be used only in doing his work. Our feet are God's—and may be employed only in walking in his ways and running his errands. Our lips are God's—and should speak only words which honor him and bless others. Our hearts are God's—and must not be profaned by thoughts and affections which are not pure.

Biblical holiness is no vague sentiment—it is intensely practical. It is nothing less than the bringing of every thought and feeling and act—into obedience to Christ.


Heavenly Father; may You use me and may I heed Your call. Let my lips speak truth and may they glorify You. May my hands do thy will and may my heart and mind by undefiled and spotless in Your sight. Guide me Holy Spirit into all truth and teach me thy ways.

Praise God, Son and Holy Spirt!

7 comments:

Roland said...

But what if I slip up?

WayneDawg said...

Dude - We all slip up. But a true convert won't continue in sin..

Jeff Greathouse said...

Wayne:

His apologetics were terrible and the scriptures that he used had nothing to do with the question and studies at hand.

Jeff Greathouse said...

Wayne:

The first comment of mine was in reference to your comment on another blog.

On this post:

Very good quote and thoughts. I think that John Wesley influenced alot of his thoughts and Wesley's though on holiness and perfection and capability of achieving it.

Joseph A. said...

Jeff:

His apologetics were terrible and the scriptures that he used had nothing to do with the question and studies at hand.


Everything in this statement seems really vague and mostly irrelevant to the content within the actual post.

Doorman-Priest said...

Lovely prayer: is it original?

WayneDawg said...

Yes DP.........it was a spur of the moment prayer after posting the story.