“Imagine the activity, the upheavals, the changes, the disruptions that would ensue if all Christians obediently put into actual practice the will of Christ!” – A. Kuyper

PracticeofGodliness-AKuyper-1948-2We conclude today our use of Dr. Abraham Kuyper’s thoughts on our calling in the church as Reformed Christians from his translated work The Practice of Godliness.

All of these quotes have been from the first section of this work, titled “The Christian Warfare”, where the fifth chapter describes that battle as it takes place in the church of Jesus Christ. This final quotation is also under the sub-heading “obedience.”

     By nature we crave freedom. We say, ‘I shall be master of my fate!’ and ‘I shall do as I please.’ We chafe under rules and laws. Hence we also protest that the church must not interfere with individual self-expression.

And by nature we are also inclined to slothfulness. It is so much more pleasant to sit idle than to exert ourselves! We love our ease.

Imagine the activity, the upheavals, the changes, the disruptions that would ensue if all Christians obediently put into actual practice the will of Christ! We admire the men of old who gave their all and dared to risk their very lives. But our admiration seldom produces willingness to part with our own earthly possessions.

The craving for freedom, plus the distaste for exertion and danger, make it easy for us to accept the teaching: ‘Sit still and see what the Lord will do.’

But we should be up and doing. And the Word says, ‘Whatsoever your hand findeth to do, do it with all your might.’ And, ‘All who would live godly lives shall suffer persecution.’

May He, before whom we humbly confess our own guilt and for whose Name and honor we have striven also in the writing of these essays, use our words to open the eyes of many to their calling as members of the church of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Abraham Kuyper in The Practice of Godliness, (translated and edited by Marian M. Schoolland; Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1948), p.62.

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