The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
Book 1 -Admonitions Profitable for the Spiritual Life
Chapter 3 Of the Knowledge of Truth
Cling to truth and not our feelings. Our feelings often lie to us. The verse we are learning as a family this week fits perfectly. Phil. 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of raise, think about these things.”
We often focus on things that aren’t going to matter for eternity. “The spirit which is pure, sincere, and steadfast, is not distracted though it hath many works to do, because it doth all things to the honour of God, and striveth to be free from all thoughts of self-seeking.” What a great reminder that all I think I need to get done today -that endless to do list doesn’t really matter in the whole scheme of life. Ouch. In the end, what really matters to God is how my heart was – was I kind? Did I love my family and friends? Did I love God?
It is a startling reminder to me that a changed life is the goal, not knowledge. Having spent the majority of my lifetime as a teacher and student, I am focused on acquiring information and knowledge. I need to pause and remember why I’m learning and teaching. What is the real goal? In the end will I be remembered for how many books I’ve read or how smart I am? Surely not. We are known both to men and God by how we love each. Matt. 22:37-40 “ Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” “This quote from the book is a good summary, “And he is the truly learned man, who doeth the will of God, and forsaketh his own will.” What really matters to God? Am I focused on that today?