In Tune

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Daily Reformation, Philippians 1:15-18

From the Reformer

Ambition is the rankest poison to the church, when it possesses preachers. It is a consuming fire. The Holy Scripture is given to destroy the desires of the flesh; therefore we must not therein seek after temporal honor. I much marvel for what cause people are proud and haughty; we are born in sin, and every moment in danger of death. Are we proud of our scabs and scalds? we, who are altogether an unclean thing.

—Martin Luther, Table Talk

Pulling It Together

The words of Frances Havergal say it all: “Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King.” One’s life is to be spent in such song so that, when the moment is difficult, you are able to hit the note. The rightly tuned ambition is to keep giving one’s life—moment by moment—to God, come what may. When life doesn’t go your way, when things are not going the way you planned, this does not mean things are out of tune. When one’s ambition is to live for Christ, the song is constant and therefore, nothing really goes wrong. The life given to him is never disappointed. You may always find reason for rejoicing when you are able to say with Frances, “Take my life, and let it be consecrated…to Thee.”

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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