Sunday, March 8, 2009

For Jesus

After reading a book about 'radical' Christianity last night, I was reminded of this quote I copied a while ago. Sometimes it seems that salvation by grace is used as an excuse not to work as hard as we can for the Lord. But this is where God is speaking to me. I realize also the importance of rest, quiet times for reflection, holidays and celebrations, etc.

"Beware of sins of omission; lose no opportunity of doing good of any kind. Be zealous of good works; willingly omit no work, either of piety or mercy. Do all the good you possibly can to the bodies and souls of men.... Be active. Give no place to indolence or sloth; give no occasion to say, `Ye are idle, ye are idle.' Many will say so still; but let your whole spirit and behaviour refute the slander. Be always employed; lose no shred of time; gather up the fragments, that nothing be lost. And whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might. Be `slow to speak,' and wary in speaking. `In a multitude of words there wanteth not sin.' Do not talk much; neither long at a time. Few can converse profitably above an hour. Keep at the utmost distance from pious chit-chat, from religious gossiping."

~John Wesley

1 comment:

Bethgem said...

John Wesley was and still is pretty radical. His writings are challenging.