People Who Live Close to God


People who live close to God are more God-conscious than self conscious, and if you call them godly to their face they are likely to smile, shake their heads, and say how they wish it was true. What they know about themselves has more to do with their weaknesses and sins than with any real or fancied spiritual attainments, and they are reluctant to talk about themselves save as tools in Gods hands, servants whose story only merits notice because it is part of the greater story of how God has exalted himself in this world that denies him honor.

J. I. Packer, A Passion for Faithfulness (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1995), 44.