As readers of this blog know, it is my custom to (usually) include some hymns while praying the office of Morning Prayer. Currently, I am singing from Wesley Hymns, compiled by Ken Bible (Lillenas Publishing). Today's hymn, along with the passage quoted below the hymn, provide a wonderful corrective to the popular message described, above. The hymn, of course, is a (very short) hymn by Charles Wesley, and the quote following the hymn comes from John Wesley's A Plain Account of Christian Perfection.
May the words of this hymn and John Wesley's words be true for me and for the whole Church!
O My All-sufficient God
O my all-sufficient God,
Thou know'st my heart's desire;
Be this only thing bestowed;
I nothing else require,
Nothing else in earth or skies,
Not through all eternity;
Heav'n itself could not suffice:
I seek not Thine, but Thee.
"One design you are to pursue to the end of time, the enjoyment of God in time and in eternity. Desire other things so far as they tend to this; love the creature, as it leads to the Creator. But in every step you take, be this the glorious point that terminates your view. Let every affection, and thought, and word, and action, be subordinate to this. Whatever you desire or fear, whatever you seek or shun, whatever you think, speak, or do, be it in order to your happiness in God, the sole end, as well as source, of your being."