For the Love of God, Volume 2: A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God’s Word
By D. A. Carson
People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self – control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated (D. A. Carson, For the Love of God, vol. 2, [Crossway: 1999], January 23).
How true this is! I find myself struggling not to be complacent and fall under. The one that convicted me the most from this paragraph was the loss of self-control and calling it relaxation. Oh that I would not waste another moment! I want to relax at times, but those times need to be strategic and not unplanned and out of control. This is not my legalistic sinfulness talking, this is what God commands me to do: “Redeem the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16). The days are evil and that is why we drift into sinfulness and evil if we don’t have any effort driven by grace, anchored in the cross of Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Please pray for me, that I would use my time wisely, be more prayerful, and delight in the Lord. May you enjoy his grace that moves us to himself and holiness also.