Thursday, July 17, 2008

on self-control during the last days

And another helpful comment on self-control.

This excellent blog post by Mark Baddeley on creation really made me think hard about self-control, and why we should be self-disciplined in our enjoyment of the good things God made.

Like me, he argues that the point of self-control is not ascetic self-denial, but love.

But unlike me, he puts this the context of the last days.

Because we are living in the last days, we don't live for the things of this world, we live for the world to come. Which is why God-forgetful self-indulgence is innapropriate for Christians.

We use and enjoy the things of this world, but we don't serve them, cling to them, or stuff ourselves with them. For we belong to heaven, not to this earth, and that's where our treasure lies.

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