You have been raised to life with Christ . Now set your heart on what is in heaven , where Christ rules at God's right side. Think about what is up there , not about what is here on earth You dead , which means that your life is hidden with Christ , who sits beside God.
Colossians 3. 1 ---3
Thomas Hemakern , better know as Thomas of Kempen ( Kempen being a German village forty miles from Cologne) or Thomas a Kempis , wrote the most famous devotional book in Christian history,
He was born about 1380 and his parents , through poor managed to send him to Holland to be education by the Brethren of the Common Life. The Brethren emphasized spiritual conversion , practical holiness and meditation on Christ. These teachings hit a chord with the young student and he become a deeply pondering discipline of the Lord Jesus Christ in 1399 , Thomas then about 20 years old , entered the Augustinian Convent of Mount St Agues. There he preached , copied manuscripts and wrote books until his death at age 90 , dispensed spiritual counsel to his memory at St. Micheal 's Church in Zwolle on November 11, 1897
Though Thomas 's life was quite one , its echoes reverberate through history . His best - known work in The Imitation of Christ , originally a series of four books published anonymously ( causing years speculation about its author) . The Imitation was widely popular , embraced by both Protestants and Catholics and reaching its ninety - ninth printing by the end of the fifteenth century . Today it is known as one of the greatest devotional classics of all times . In terms of circulation it has reportedly been more widely distributed than any book in church history beside the Bible . Readers are challenged to deny themselves , embrace humility and love God. Here is a simple.
Strive to turn from loving that are seen and set it upon things that are not seen...... How much better is a lowly peasant who serves God than a proud philosopher who watches the stars and neglects knowing himself. .... We must not trust every word of others or feeling within ourselves , but cautiously and patiently try the matter , whether it be God . The more humble a man is in himself .The more humble a man is in himself and the more obedient toward God, the wiser will he be in all things and the more shall his soul be at peace.
by LOVES67November 12, 2012 at 10:51 PM