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- A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life by William Law
- SERIOUS CALL TO A DEVOUT AND HOLY LIFE
Law exposes pious hypocrisy and the corruption of the Church. His writing is fresh and sharp, as he vividly illustrates the holy Christian life as one lived totally for God. He, therefore, is the devout man, who lives no longer to his own will, or the way and spirit of the world, but to the sole will of God.
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A Serious Call To A Devout And Holy Life
Concerning the nature and extent of Christian devotion. An inquiry into the reason, why the generality of Christians fall so far short of the holiness and devotion of Christianity. Of the great danger and folly, of not intending to be as eminent and exemplary as we can, in the practice of all Christian virtues. We can please God in no state or employment of life, but by intending and devoting it all to His honour and glory.
Persons that are free from the necessity of labour and employments, are to consider themselves as devoted to God in a higher degree. Containing the great obligations, and the great advantages of making a wise and religious use of our money and worldly possessions.
How the imprudent use of an estate corrupts all the tempers of the mind, and fills the heart with poor and ridiculous passions, through the whole course of life; represented in the character of Flavia. How the wise and pious use of an estate naturally carrieth us to great perfection in all the virtues of the Christian life; represented in the character of Miranda. Containing some reflections upon the life of Miranda, and showing how it may, and ought to be imitated by all her sex.
Showing how all orders and ranks of men and women, of all ages, are obliged to devote themselves unto God.
Showing how great devotion fills our lives with the greatest peace and happiness that can be enjoyed in this world. The happiness of a life wholly devoted to God farther proved, from the vanity, the sensuality, and the ridiculous poor enjoyments, which they are forced to take up with who live according to their own humours. This represented in various characters. That not only a life of vanity, or sensuality, but even the most regular kind of life, that is not governed by great devotion, sufficiently shows its miseries, its wants and emptiness, to the eyes of all the world.
Concerning that part of devotion which relates to times and hours of prayer. Of daily early prayer in the morning. How we are to improve our forms of prayer, and how to increase the spirit of devotion. Of chanting, or singing of psalms in our private devotions.
Of the excellency and benefit of this kind of devotion. Of the great effects it hath upon our hearts. Of the means of performing it in the best manner. Recommending devotions at nine o'clock in the morning, called in Scripture the third hour of the day. The subject of these prayers is humility. Showing how difficult the practice of humility is made, by the general spirit and temper of the world.
How Christianity requireth us to live contrary to the world. Showing how the education which men generally receive in their youth makes the doctrines of humility difficult to be practised. The spirit of a better education represented in the character of Paternus. Showing how the method of educating daughters makes it difficult for them to enter into the spirit of Christian humility. How miserably they are injured and abused by such an education. The spirit of a better education, represented in the character of Eusebia.
Recommending devotion at twelve o'clock, called in Scripture the sixth hour of the day. This frequency of devotion equally desirable by all orders of people. Universal love is here recommended to be the subject of prayer at this hour. Of intercession, as an act of universal love. Of the necessity and benefit of intercession, considered as an exercise of universal love. How all orders of men are to pray and intercede with God for one another. How naturally such intercession amends and reforms the hearts of those that use it.
Recommending devotion at three o'clock, called in Scripture the ninth hour of the day. The subject of prayer at this hour is resignation to the Divine pleasure. The nature and duty of conformity to the will of God, in all our actions and designs.
Of evening prayer. Of the nature and necessity of examination. How we are to be particular in the confession of all our sins.
How we are to fill our minds with a just horror and dread of all sin. The conclusion. Of the excellency and greatness of a devout spirit. Care has been taken not to alter the author's original thought and meaning of the text.
The changes are as follows:. Scripture references have been updated using the text of the ESV bible translation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service. Some Archaic words and spellings have also been updated. Click here for details. This is all new to me. For years I had lived sinfully thinking Jesus would forgive me and make me get better eventually.
Is it too late for me? I have been a member of a baptist church now for the last 6 years or so and have cleaned up my life some and have been studying scripture on a regular basis and listening to Christian radio trying to learn. Only recently this last year I began to see my life did not look like what The Word of God teaches a Christian is.
I have been devastated by this and have been searching and crying out for Jesus to open my blind eyes and lead me in the way everlasting. When I listen to this teaching I know I want to be right in His sight and I feel I don't care any more about all the things I thought I had to have before.
I don't care about TV or parties with unbelievers or shopping for clothes like I did, or idle talk or frivolity and entertainment. But I don't know to what extent this should be? I have gone to people I know I have hurt and repented and asked forgiveness from my heart which was never how I was before. I see the beauty of God's ways and have for a long time and have longed for Him to lead me to where He wants me to be. My husband is a believer and seems like he has a good heart and love Jesus but he is a truck driver so isn't home very much and has very little time to devote to Jesus.
How can he follow if he has to work so much I wonder? I have many questions. Please help me. I don't know where I should go to church now after listening to this. I feel very alone at the moment and am just asking Jesus to keep me and lead me to the way ever lasting. Please help me understand? God bless you Sis. Kelli, I think the very fact that you are broken shows that your heart is in tune with the Holy Spirit, It's okay for your husband to work and keep busy but you can pray for him and encourage him to also listen to gospel messages while he drives and play songs that edify the spirit while he's at his job.
Don't feel lonely, God is with you and loves you dearly. Hope you become a source of great encouragement to others, on this journey to a holy life. Table of Contents. Over 75 Free Online Bible Commentaries. Kelli says Thelma says Notify Me. Add Comment. Notify me of new comments via email. Remember my form inputs on this computer.
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A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life by William Law
An inquiry into the reason, why the generality of Christians fall so far short of the holiness and devotion of Christianity. Of the great danger and folly of not intending to be as eminent and exemplary as we can, in the practice of all Christian virtues. We can please God in no state or employment of life, but by intending and devoting it all to His honour and glory. Persons that are free from the necessity of labour and employments, are to consider themselves as devoted to God in a higher degree. Containing the great obligations and the great advantages of making a wise and religious use of our estates and fortunes.
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" Devotion signifies a life given, or devoted, to God." So begins William Law's Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life. Originally published in
SERIOUS CALL TO A DEVOUT AND HOLY LIFE
Originally published in at the beginning of the Enlightenment, when rational criticism of religious belief was at its peak, William Law's A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life succeeded in inspiring the most cynical men of the Originally published in at the beginning of the Enlightenment, when rational criticism of religious belief was at its peak, William Law's A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life succeeded in inspiring the most cynical men of the age with its arguments in favor of a spiritual life. John Wesley called it one of three books that accounted for his first "explicit resolve to be all devoted to God. Proclaiming that God does not merely forgive our disobedience, but directly calls us to obedience and to a life completely centered in him, he chides, "If you will here stop and ask yourself why you are not as pious as the primitive Christians were, your own heart will tell you that it is neither through ignorance nor inability, but because you never thoroughly intended it. His thoughts on prayer, personal holiness, stewardship, pride and humility, and service to the poor will resonate with contemporary readers.
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From a professional perspective, William Law's life seemed to be over when he was 28 years old. Son of a prosperous businessman, Law had received an excellent education at Cambridge and had a solid future as a scholar or clergyman ahead of him.