Our men’s group is reading through Scott Manetsch’s great book on the care of Geneva’s pastors in the 16th century, Calvin’s Company of Pastors. In the fourth chapter on pastors’ households he begins with a poem by Antoine de Chandieu that brought me much conviction this morning. May God grant to us repentance for our envy, love of the world, and living in such a way that we think our portion is in this life…
Never having and always desiring,
Such are the consequences for him who loves the world.
The more he abounds in honor and riches,
The more he is seen aspiring for more.
He does not enjoy what belongs to him:
He wants, he values, he adores what other people have.
When he has everything, it is then that he has nothing.
Because having everything, he desires everything still.
Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him (1John 2:15).