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Your Portion

Ambrose | September 28

My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.  —Psalm 73:26

“Who would forsake the One they follow if they were bound by chains of love?”

Not everyone can say, “The Lord is my portion.” The covetous person can’t, for covetousness comes close and says, “You are my portion. I have you under my authority. You have served me. You have sold yourself to me with that gold; by that possession you have submitted yourself to me.” The indulgent person also can’t say, “Christ is my portion.” For luxury comes and says, “You are my portion. I made you mine in that banquet. I caught you in the net of that feast. I hold you by the bond of your glut­tony. Don’t you know that your table was more valuable to you than your life?” … Traitors can’t say, “Christ is my portion.” For the wickedness of their sin rushes on them and says, “They are deceiving you, Lord Jesus, because they are mine.” …How many masters does one have who has forsaken the One! But we must not forsake Him. Who would forsake the One they follow if they were bound by chains of love? These chains set free and don’t bind. And those who are bound in these chains boast: “Paul the bond ser­vant of Jesus Christ, and Timothy.” It is more glo­rious for us to be bound by Him than to be set free and liberated from others.

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