Act in all things according to your own will, but as a son in the Gospel. As such, it is your duty to employ your time in this manner in which we direct: In preaching and visiting from house to house; in reading, meditation and prayer. Above all, if you labor with us in the Lord’s vineyard, it is needful you do that part of work we advise, at those times and places which we judge most for His glory.
At the end of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus told a story about wise and foolish builders. You probably know the story. The wise built their house on a rock and the foolish built their house on sand. The idea is that when the storms of life come the ones who built their life on a solid foundation will withstand it and the one who didn’t will wash out. I think that this is what rule eleven is getting at.
At the end of every list of rules, that are life altering, then what’s wrong with saying, if you don’t listen to this then you’re foolish. So this is the last rule, if you’ve been following along with the rules for a preacher series hopefully you’ve see the value in 125 year old wisdom. If you don’t at least consider the wisdom of these rules and build some foundations on them, well then, you might be foolish.
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