Doctrines that relate to common life
(William Law, "A
Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life")
Our blessed Savior and His Apostles are wholly taken up
in doctrines that relate to common life.
They call us to
renounce the world, and differ in every temper and way
of life, from the spirit and the way of the world . . .
to renounce all its goods,
to fear none of its evils,
to reject its joys,
to live as pilgrims . . .
in spiritual watching,
in holy fear, and
heavenly aspiring after another life;
to take up our daily cross,
to deny ourselves,
to seek the blessedness of poverty of spirit,
to forsake the pride and vanity of riches,
to take no anxious thought for the morrow,
to live in the profoundest state of humility,
to rejoice in worldly sufferings,
to reject . . .
the lust of the flesh,
the lust of the eyes,
and the pride of life;
to bear injuries,
to forgive and bless our enemies,
to give up our whole hearts and affections to God,
and strive to enter through the strait gate into a
life of eternal glory.
This is the common devotion which our blessed
Savior taught, in order to make it the common life
of all Christians.
If contempt of the world, and heavenly affection are
necessary tempers of Christians; it is necessary that
these tempers appear in the whole course of their
lives, in their manner of using the world.
If we are to be new creatures in Christ, we must show
that we are so, by having new ways of living in the world.
If we are to follow Christ, it must be in our common way
of spending every day. Thus it is in all the virtues and holy
tempers of Christianity; they are not ours unless they be
the virtues and tempers of our ordinary life.