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On the other hand, would you see a short description of the happiness of a life rightly
employed, wholly devoted to God, you must look at the man in the parable to whom his
Lord had given five talents. “Lord,” says he, “thou deliveredst unto me five talents; behold,
I have gained beside them five talents more. His Lord said unto him, well done, thou good
and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over
many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”

Here you see a life that is wholly intent upon the improvement of the talents, that is
devoted wholly unto God, is a state of happiness, prosperous labours, and glorious success.
Here are not, as in the former case, any uneasy passions, murmurings, vain fears, and
fruitless labours. The man is not toiling and digging in the earth for no end or advantage;
but his pious labours prosper in his hands, his happiness increases upon him; the blessing
of five becomes the blessing of ten talents; and he is received with a “Well done, good and
faithful servant: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”

-William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life


William Law (1686 – 1761 AD) was an English cleric, divine and theological writer.

 

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