We are not our own; therefore, neither is our own reason or will to rule our actions and decisions. We are not our own; therefore, let us not make it our goal to seek what may be agreeable to our flesh. We are not our own; therefore, as far as possible, let us forget ourselves and the things that are ours.
On the other hand, we are God's; let us, therefore, live and die to him. We are God's; therefore, let his wisdom and will preside over all our actions. We are God's; let every part of our life be directed to him.
O how great the skill of him who, taught that he is not his own, has surrendered the control of himself that he may give it to God! For as the surest source of destruction to men is to obey themselves, so the only haven of safety is to have no other will, no other wisdom, than to follow the Lord wherever he leads.