Jonathan Edwards and Boots the Chemist

JonathanedwardsLeadership Journal blog, Out of Ur, has a post considering some of the resolutions of Jonathan Edwards, 18th Century pastor and theologian. (ht: Think Christian)

Edwards came up with 70 resolutions by which he sought to live every aspect of his life, spiritual, physical and relational. They included:

Resolved, Never to do any thing, which if I should see in another, I should count a just occasion to despise Him for, or to think any way the more meanly of Him.

Resolved, Never hence-forward, till I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely and altogether God’s

Resolved, Never to give over, nor in the least to slacken my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be.

I admit to feeling defeated by the idea of living up to 70 resolutions. To some extent we can excuse ourselves for having a different personality (Edwards spent many hours alone, studying and praying) and living in a different time. But the challenge remains to take up my cross daily to show, by my life, that I have resolved to follow Christ more than any thing or any other.
Perhaps, inspired by Jonathan Edwards 70 Resolutions, I need to embrace the pragmatism of Boots’ annual challenge to Change One Thing.

It will be infinitely better than doing nothing.Change_one_thing

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2 Responses to Jonathan Edwards and Boots the Chemist

  1. andrew price says:

    Hi Tim
    me again browsing your blog, John Piper is a big Edwards fan.
    Check him out!

  2. Tim Abbott says:

    Thanks for another John Piper plug! Edwards exemplifies the truth that what we are in public comes from the relationship we have with God in private – which is a challenge whatever time or culture we live in.

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