This is part of MessyChristian's group blog effort.
I've had this book for a long time, reading bits and pieces. I read Foster's Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home years ago, and it had a major impact on me. I also have his Freedom of Simplicity, but have yet to read much of that, either. Are we sensing a pattern yet?
Well, on to the intro. Foster blew me away with his quote of Colossians 2:20-23. In it, he shows all exercise of the will in resisting sin as worship of the will. This really makes sense, and I'd never thought of it before. A key phrase is in v 20: "... as though living in the world..." The implication is that we are not living in the world, but are seated in heavenly places with Christ (Ephesians 2:6). So this striving after fleshly regulations plunges us right back into the realm of flesh ("living in the world"), instead of continuing on and seeking "those things which are above, where Christ is..." (Colossians 3:1)
For me, this puts "seek ye first" into a new light.