Sadly, I committed the unpardonable sin today of forsaking the assembling of myself and family with other worshipers within my church community. In other words, I missed church. And though this happens from time to time (I have 3 kids 5 and under), believe it or not, I still believed I'm saved. :) Nevertheless, I do want to sound off on what I have been doing in my devotion time.
As you can see from the side bar, I have been reading John Owen's book on the Holy Spirit devotionally. I do so because Owen is so dynamic in his writings on a given subject that ever single paragraph, nay, every sentence I read seems to enrich my soul (besides that, I love the 17th century hair!). Lately because of how encouraged I have become by this I was actually thinking of contacting Justin Taylor and suggesting a John Owen daily devotional. But who knows, he's probably working on it.
Anyway, I've selected for my devotion today his chapter on Sanctification [as] a Progressive Work. A few weeks ago I did a post on spiritual growth where I talked about how part of growing spiritually was growing in the knowledge of the Lord. Well, today I just wanted to quote Owen and allow the Christian in Context readers to get a taste of Owen's work and perhaps gain the insight that I've been reaping. Here it is...
"These trees and plants have the principal of their growth in themselves. They do not grow immediately from external adventitious aid, but from their own seminal virtue and radical moisture. It is no otherwise in the progress of holiness; it has a root, a seed, a principle of growth in the soul. All grace is the immortal seed, and contains in it a living growing principle, (John 4:14). That which has not in itself a life and power of growth, is not grace. And therefore what ever duties men perform, as directed by natural light, or urged by convictions from the word, if they proceed not from a principle of spiritual life in the heart, they are not fruits of holiness."
God Bless John Owen!