Gospel-Inspired Striving

“If men through vain ambition are so set on fire that they spare not their very lives, what shall we do?  What cowardliness is it and how can it be excused if any may spare himself, when God sets not before us any temporal wages, any piece of silver, and fleeting and brittle possession, but gives us everlasting life, and shows that he seeks nothing but to have us to be his heirs, to be partakers of his glory and immortality, to enjoy all his blessings, yes, and him himself?  Where God lifts us up so high, are we not worse than stocks and blocks, if all the sinews we have strive not to follow this fight, the reward whereof is so great and inestimable?”

–  John Calvin, sermon on 1 Timothy 6:12-14

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