Make No Compromise
The call to follow Christ is in no way a call to withdraw from the world. It is never a call to monasticism. It is a call, while we live in the world, to seek and set our minds set on the kingdom of God (Colossians 3:1–2, etc.), wherein our true citizenship lies.
I want no reader of this paper to become a hermit, a monk, or a nun: I wish every one to do his real duty in that state of life to which he is called. But I do urge on every professing Christian who wishes to be happy, the immense importance of making no compromise between God and the world. Do not try to drive a hard bargain, as if you wanted to give Christ as little of your heart as possible, and to keep as much as possible of the things of this life. Beware lest you overreach yourself, and end by losing all. Love Christ with all your heart, and mind, and soul, and strength. Seek first the kingdom of God, and believe that then all other things shall be added to you. Take heed that you do not prove a copy of the character John Bunyan draws—Mr. Facing-both-ways. For your happiness’ sake, for your usefulness’ sake, for your safety’s sake, for your soul’s sake, beware of the sin of Lot’s wife. Oh, it is a solemn saying of our Lord Jesus, ‘No man having put his hand to the plough and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God’ (Luke 9:62).
—J. C. Ryle, Holiness (Banner of Truth, 2014), 231.
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