by John Calvin (compiled by John H. Kromminga)
Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. —Isaiah 52:13
And we ought not to think it strange that he is called the Servant of God, seeing that he has not refused to be even our Servant, which is far more wonderful. For if we take not of ourselves, we are but vanity, mere worms of the earth; ruled, even, by the devil and sin.
Yet God's only Son abases himself to the extent of employing himself as our Servant—as St. Paul says: "He is the minister of the circumcision." Furthermore, the Prophet particularly used this word to teach us that everything he relates here is for the common good and salvation of the whole Church.
Now we must look at the task to which Jesus Christ has been called—to be the Redeemer of all believers and all the elect of God. Since it is true then, that this is the work committed to him and to which he is called, let us not doubt that all that is said of this person is common also to us and that we also profit from what follows. —Sermons
John Calvin was the premier theologian of the Reformation, but also a pious and godly Christian pastor who endeavored throughout his life to point men and women to Christ. We are grateful to Reformation Heritage Books for permission to use John Calvin's Thine Is My Heart as our daily devotional for 2013 on the OPC Web site. You can currently obtain a printed copy of that book from Reformation Heritage Books.
Dr. Joel Beeke, who is editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, has this to say:
"Calvin shows us the piety of a Reformed theologian who speaks from the heart. Having tasted the goodness and grace of God in Jesus Christ, he pursued piety by seeking to know and do God’s will every day. He communed with Christ, practicing repentance, self-denial, and cross-bearing. Moreover, his theology worked itself out in heart-felt, Christ-honoring piety. The selections of this devotional bear this out, and hopefully will be used by God to direct pious hearts in our own day."
These devotional readings from John Calvin were compiled by John H. Kromminga. Be sure to read his "Introduction" to John Calvin's Thine Is My Heart.