Edwards’ Resolution #30

Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 in Resolutions

download30. Resolved, to strive to my utmost every week to be brought higher in religion, and to a higher exercise of grace, than I was the week before.

This is not a call to higher religion in a cultural sense, nor simply a striving for more religious knowledge. It is not to strive for standing with God but striving because of standing with God. It is striving to please God. It is the pursuit of holiness and godliness. It is the desire to walk in closer communion with Him.

This is also a commitment to “exercise” grace. God has given numerous means by which man might discipline self for the purpose of godliness. Bible intake (reading, studying, memorizing, meditating on, praying through, listening to, and applying God’s Word); prayer (corporately and privately); worship (with emphasis on preaching and teaching of the Word and the right practice of the ordinances); missions & evangelism; and joyful giving — these are but a few of the ways God has provided His grace for us to grow and be conformed to the image of His glorious Son.

And by necessity this is a call to examine ourselves, to evaluate ourselves for progress in our sanctification. Are we “higher” than we were the last week? Examination is not simply for the purpose of finding and killing sin – though that is certainly a part. But as Paul suggests at the Lord’s Table, examination is to remember the grace of forgiveness and the freedom from the bondage to sin that is ours in Christ.

Rom 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Rom 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Rom 12:3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

 

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