A classic book, originally published in 1728. William Law is a puritan. And he writes like a puritan – but what he writes is so worth reading. While this book may be difficult to read (330 pages) if you are not used to reading the puritans, it is worth trying. His whole point is that we must get serious as believers in our devotional life. What is devotion? He define sit as:
…a life given, or devoted to God. The devout, therefore, are those who live no longer to their own will or the way and spirit of the world, but live to the sole will of God, consider God in everything, and serve God in everything.
He goes on to say:
If we do not live unto God in all the ordinary actions of our life, and make him the rule and measure of all our ways, we cannot be said to live unto Him at all!
The goal of such a life is transformation & change.
As I said, if you are not used to puritan writing, you may find the middle chapters repetitive, and his reasoning ‘long winded’ – but the danger in skipping over such chapters is to miss the nugget of great insight which the puritans can give to us.
A classic which should be read today – and one which should inspire us to be diligent and vigilant in spending time with our God and allowing his word to change how we live.