Several Resolutions For Those Who Are Serious About Their Calling

William Law (1686-1761 A. D.) in his classic work, “A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life” puts forth some thought provoking ideas for the committed follower of Jesus Christ:

 

“The devout… are people who do not live to their own will, or in the way and spirit of the world, but only to the will of God. Such people consider God in everything, and make every aspect of their lives holy by doing everything in the name of God and in a way that conforms to God’s glory.”

 

“[The Savior and His apostles] teach us:

 

To renounce the world and be different in our attitudes and ways of life (Ephesians 4:17-24)

 

To renounce all its goods (Luke 14:26-33; 18:22, 23; Philippians 3:7, 8)

 

To fear none of its evils… (Luke 12:32; John 14:1, 27; 16:33; Hebrews 13:5, 6))

 

To have no value for its happiness (Psalm 37:1, 2, 7; 73:2-20; Proverbs 3:31; 24:1)

 

To be as newborn babes who are born into a new state of things (1 Peter 2:2, 3)

 

To live as pilgrims in spiritual watching, in holy fear, and heavenly aspiring after another life (1 Peter 2:11; Hebrews 11:13-16; 1 Peter 1:15-17)

 

To take up our cross daily, to deny ourselves (Luke 9:23, 24; John 12:25, 26)

 

To profess the blessedness of mourning, to seek the blessedness of poverty of spirit (Matthew 5:3, 4)

 

To forsake the pride and vanity of riches… (1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19; Proverbs 23:4)

 

To live in the profoundest state of humility (Jeremiah 45:5; Matthew 18:2-4; Romans 12:3, 16; Galatians 6:14)

 

To rejoice in worldly sufferings (Acts 5:41; Matthew 5:10-12)

 

To reject the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:15-17; Colossians 3:1, 2)

 

To bear injuries, to forgive and bless our enemies… (Matthew 5:43-48; Luke 6:27-36; Romans12:14-21)

 

To give up our whole hearts and affections to God (Deuteronomy 10:12, 13; 1 John 5:2-4)

 

To strive to enter through the straight gate into a life of eternal glory.” (Matthew 7:13, 14)

 

 

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