We are not our own: let not our reason nor our wills, therefore, sway our plans and deeds. We are not our own: let us, therefore, not seek what is expedient for us according to the flesh. We are not our own: in so far as we can, let us, therefore, forget ourselves and all that is ours. Conversely, we are God’s: let us, therefore, live for Him and die for Him. We are God’s: let His wisdom and will, therefore, rule all our actions. We are God’s: let all the parts of our lives, accordingly, strive toward Him as our only lawful goal. – John Calvin (1509-1564), from Institutes 3.7.1.