by John Calvin (compiled by John H. Kromminga)
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house .to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart. —Acts 2:46
The knowledge of God's love toward us, and the hope of his protection, bring us this goodness with them, that we praise God with quiet minds, no matter how the world threatens. And as Luke said earlier, speaking of the public estate of the Church, so he declares now what form and what manner of life the faithful used; that we may learn by their example a thrifty fellowship of living, and in all our whole life to embrace singleness, to enjoy the spiritual joy, and to exercise ourselves in the praises of God.
Furthermore, the singleness of heart reaches far; but if you join it in this place with breaking of bread, it shall signify as much as sincere love, where one man deals plainly with another, neither does any man craftily hunt after his own profit. Yet I had rather set the same against that carefulness wherewith worldly men torment themselves too much. For when we do not cast our care upon the Lord, this reward hangs over our heads, that we tremble and quake even when we take our rest. —Commentaries
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.