O that dreadful house-idol
(John Flavel, "The Fountain of Life" 1671)
O that dreadful house-idol--myself!We have need to be redeemed from ourselves, as much as from the devil and the world!I would like to make a sweet bargain, and shuffle out self, and substitute Christ my Lord in place of myself! Not I, but Christ! Not my will, but Christ's!Not my ease, not my lusts, not my home--but Christ, Christ! O wretched idol, myself! When shall I see you wholly cast out--and Christ wholly put in your place?
O to be like THEE