We think too much of ourselves…

…and not enough of our God!

Here is a great, heart-piercing excerpt from a sermon from Ephesians 1 by Martyn-Lloyd Jones published in God’s Ultimate Purpose (temporarily out of print):

The Bible is God’s book, it is a revelation of God, and our thinking must always start with God. Much of the trouble in the Church today is due to the fact that we are so subjective, so interested in ourselves, so egocentric. That is the peculiar error of this present century. Having forgotten God, and having become so interested in ourselves, we become miserable and wretched, and spend our time in ’shallows and in miseries.’

The message of the Bible from beginning to end is designed to bring us back to God, to humble us before God, and to enable us to see our true relationship to Him. And that is the great theme of this Epistle [Ephesians]… We must not start by examining ourselves and our needs microscopically; we must start with God, and forget ourselves. In this Epistle we are taken as it were by the hand by the Apostle and are told that we are going to be given a view of the glory and the majesty of God.

Wow. Seek the Lord while He may be found.

Weekly taste of Thomas Manton…

The keen puritan pastor wrote this while preaching on Psalm 119:5 —

“Wicked men may desire their own happiness, though not upon God’s terms. …Every man would be blessed, and go to heaven, if it were left up to his option and choice; he likes the END, but not the MEANS. There was not a murmuring Israelite, but would count Canaan a good land….”