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Don’t Lose Life for the Sake of Living

For of what use is life except to serve God’s glory?

On the whole, that security which ought to confirm the pious in the worship of God is opposed here to all those tortuous and mistaken counsels which some men adopt, and thus, for the sake of living, lose life itself, according to the sentiment of even a profane poet. For of what use is life except to serve God’s glory? but we lose that object in life for the sake of the life itself—that is, by desiring to live entirely to the world, we lose the very purpose of living!

—John Calvin
Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Daniel, 221–222.