Simplicity of Heart 1

中文: Chinese Version

Besides the Bible, perhaps the most widely read book by Christians is a little book published 600 years ago: THE IMITATION OF CHRIST. For decades it has stimulated me to spiritual growth, and I return to it again and again. Like rich food, it’s not a book to be read all at once, but rather savored in small “bites”.

In one section, the writer uses imagery of a conversation between Christ and a follower:

Christ: I continue to speak to all people. But many are hardened and deaf to My voice. They listen to the world more than to God. They follow their own appetite rather than what God wants.

Follower: O LORD my God, You can do all things, give all things, fill all things. Let Your tender mercies fill my heart with grace, lest my soul become a desert land.

Coffee ThoughtCoffee/tea thought: “Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.”

— Ps. 119.1-2 NLT

John

Ref: Adapted from THE IMITATION OF CHRIST by Thomas a Kempis, first published about 1418 or a few years later.

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September 24th, 2018