Friday, September 7, 2007

In the midst of plenty...

Next week, a pastor friend of mine named Tim Smith will be coming to speak in chapel on the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes are beautiful, powerful and timeless. Below is a quote from one of Calvin's sermons on the Beatitudes that relates to our culture quite well:

"In the midst of plenty we must guard against greedy excess, lest we choke ourselves and bring this curse upon us: Woe to you who are filled. If we are to be filled, it is in a different way--by contemplating God's face, as we read in Psalm 16. We should regard material possessions simply as props to help us, until we see the Father face to face. He is our bliss and happiness."
-John Calvin, Sermons on the Beatitudes (Banner of Truth), p. 80.

May our possessions serve as props to see Him better rather than as distractions that occupy our attention