“…Once you realize that not my honor but the honor of God is the true motive for the battle against evil, then the beauty of simple obedience will become clear to you.” -A.Kuyper

PracticeofGodliness-AKuyper-1948-2Once more we pick up where we left off last time in Abraham Kuyper’s translated work The Practice of Godliness, the first section titled “The Christian Warfare”, where the fifth chapter describes that battle in the church of Jesus Christ. This next quotation is under the sub-heading “obedience.”

     The motives of all you do and strive to do may never be found in your desires, but always and unconditionally in the Lord.

As long as your complaints about the church, and your efforts to improve the church, are motivated by self, because the imperfections annoy you or displease you, and because the church falls short of your ideals, then you are on the wrong path.

Then, if your efforts fail, you will grumble because your needs are not filled and your rights are not honored. And eventually you will perhaps withdraw yourself as from something unworthy of your labors.

But once you realize that not my honor but the honor of God is the true motive for the battle against evil, then the beauty of simple obedience will become clear to you. Then you will no longer say, ‘The church must change because I cannot endure this lack of consecration.’ But you will say, ‘I may not be idle, for I am in the service of my God, who commands me to battle incessantly and undauntedly against the desecration of His church.’

Dr. Abraham Kuyper in The Practice of Godliness, (translated and edited by Marian M. Schoolland; Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1948), pp.60-61.

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