House Church Talk - zealously affected
david at housechurch.org
Sun Nov 2 13:18:38 EST 2003
Young folks are not taught much history any more, some say. Likewise,
good literature is becoming more and more scarce unless you dig around
Here's a very unusual piece that emphasizes how Christians can learn zeal
from others. Just one caveat: In the 1600's, the word "religion" simply
meant one's relationship with God and had nothing to do with the
overtones of Phariseeism which is now attached to it by modern
Religion WHEN advanc¹d in pow¹r,
Will make you HUSBAND every hour.
'Twill make MEN strive with all their might,
And therein FIND a sweet delight.
If there were NOUGHT besides that pay
Christ gives TO cheer us in our way;
Should we not DO the best we can?
For there¹s NO such reward from man.
Shall others WORK, and not regard
Their strength TO get a small reward?
Whilst we TURN slugs, and loiter thus?
O that THEIR zeal might quicken us.
Why are our HANDS, and feet so slow,
When we UNTO our business go?
How can we THEN Christ¹s pay expect,
And yet the CHRISTIANS work reject,
If this, then ALSO that embrace
Them both; IF not, we both disgrace.
Some if THEY could these two divide,
'Twould PLEASE them well, with Christ to side
But if they MAY not, then it were
As good CEASE pleading, they¹ll not hear:
Rouse up FROM sloth, my soul betake
Thee to thy WORK, no cavils make.
O strive, AND try Saints say that even,
The pain they TAKE, hath much of heaven.
But yet THEIR best wine¹s kept till last,
Their rest, and EASE comes all so fast.
Now, read the capitalized words in each line down the page for an extra
message in timely rhyme. An important message, btw, as uninformed and
lazy persons still desire all the rewards of Jesus without his cross. I
am also tempted to behave in such a way.
Phil. 2:12-13 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed not
only in my presence, but now much more in my absence continue to work
out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in
you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
Rom. 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through
the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto
you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
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