Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

25 February 2012

Holiness

The following quote is from a chapter about holiness in the book 18 Words: The Most Important Words You Will Ever Know by J. I. Packer.

A holy person’s life will not centre on things: instead, a certain frugality will mark it, an eschewing of luxury and display, a sense of stewardship of all possessions, and a readiness to let them go if need be for the Lord’s sake. Holy people do not undervalue this world’s good things, as if God did not make or provide them…, but they refuse to be enslaved to them. Nor do they squint sideways to compare their material showing with that of others; they know that keeping up with the Joneses is not holiness, even if Jones goes to their church or is in orbit in some Christian celebrity circuit. The holy person lives free from the passion for possessions, just as he does from other forms of self-seeking and self-indulgence. His treasure is with God, and his heart too…. The cheerfulness of his disregard of the world’s scale of values, and the straightforward, single-minded, spontaneous ardour of his love for God may make him somewhat unnerving company, though if so it is because he is so much more honest and human than we who watch him, not because he is odd and we are normal.

Wow!  There is a life's work.  Something to pray about.  Again and again.

This quote and the cover picture make me want to own a copy of this book.  Pop!  On it goes onto the wishlist.

HT: Rebecca

2 comments:

Wendy said...

That last little bit makes me wonder if that is why people find missionaries such awkward people to be around, and often avoid them if at all possible.

Meredith said...

You may be right there. Others would fit into that category too but definitely missionaries who have gone through the process of leaving all their belongings and relationships behind to serve God elsewhere. God becomes so much bigger and the stuff of this world so unimportant. Good call there. I hope then that this quote is very encouraging and affirming for you. Mx