Tuesday, January 15, 2008

What Encouraged Me Today

Through our pastor, Kevin DeYoung, our church has an opportunity to go through the Heidelberg catechism as a weekly devotional. Here is a part of the first installment that really encouraged me:

Heidelberg’s emphasis on belonging to Christ
probably comes from John Calvin. Some people
have the impression that John Calvin was a rigid,
dogmatician who dryly analyzed theology like it was
some math problem to be solved. But listen to the
passionate beat of Calvin’s God-entranced heart in
this passage, which finds an echo in the Heidelberg
Catechism: “We are not our own: let not our reason
nor our will, therefore, sway our plans and deeds.
We are not our own: let us therefore not set it as our
goal to seek what is expedient for us according to
the flesh. We are not our own: in so far as we can,
let us therefore forget ourselves and all that is ours.
Conversely, we are God’s: let us therefore live for
him and die for him. We are God’s: let his wisdom
and will therefore rule all our actions. We are God’s:
let all the parts of our life accordingly strive toward
him as our only lawful goal” (Inst. III.vii.1).

I've never heard of the Heidelberg catechism, but I have heard the first line that begins the Westminster catechism ["Q. What is the chief end of man? A. To glorify God and enjoy him forever."] many times. It never fails to encourage me and I even have it memorized without having to memorize it--some things enter your heart and never leave, I'm glad that it applies to the good stuff, not only the bad.

So, I'm looking forward to learning something new, or something old in a new way. They'll be posted on my church's website if you want to go on this journey too, check it out at http://urc-msu.org/

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