by John Calvin (compiled by John H. Kromminga)
For it is God which workethin you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. —Philippians 2:13
But I have heard that God, of his infinite goodness, has touched your heart, so that you desire to be a Christian, not in name only but in reality. If I may express myself thus, it is because the word Christian passes glibly indeed from the lips of all, but when it is required of us to humble ourselves beneath the gospel, which is the sceptre by which Jesus Christ wills to reign over us, almost all shrink back; in which fact we see that it is but too common a thing from hypocrisy to wear like a mask the title of Christian, and by so doing profane it.
And it is not a small nor a vulgar virtue to approve by deeds that we desire to be the disciples of the Son of God, to the end that he also may avow us for his disciples. For that reason you are so much the more bound to recognize the mercy of God in advancing you thus far.
For it is not of our own impulse that we come thitherward, but only inasmuch as he has been pleased to draw us. And that this goodness may have greater lustre by being better known, he has chosen us out and set us apart from among those to whom we are otherwise alike. —Correspondence
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.