“Everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown — but we for an imperishable crown.” 1 Corinthians 9:25
“He who overcomes shall inherit all things.” Revelation 21:7
To be only almost a Christian is to be the subject of manifold vexations — but to be a Christian altogether makes all easy and pleasant. Such as desire to have the whole of Christ’s salvation and all that is His must give themselves up to Him, not only in part — but wholly, according to that fundamental and most reasonable rule, “All for all.” As far as we deny Him anything, we make ourselves unhappy; but the more we are resigned to Him, the more we are fit to enjoy Him and His blessing.
Many would sooner be persuaded to follow Christ if it was allowed to serve Him by halves and reserve some things to themselves. But what would that profit them? Christ will not be bargained with, and nothing is more dangerous than the dividing of our hearts between Him and the world or waiting from time to time for a more convenient season. Thus you may live many years and be neither cold nor hot, and so at last be rejected by the Lord. Consider this well, O you double-minded and lukewarm. Christianity requires great striving and overcomes all things, even our most favorite and darling lusts. Awake, therefore, to righteousness; spare yourselves no longer; rise above the trifles of this world; fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life, whereunto you are called.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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