Sunday, September 28, 2008

Christian Freedom - Keeping Eternity in Mind

Would you submit to all God's disposings of your affairs? The considerations of heaven and glory will make the believer submit to any thing here. He can be content to be poor, for he knows he shall be rich; to be reproached, for he knows he shall be honored; to be afflicted, for he knows he shall be comforted; to be imprisoned, for he knows he shall be brought to a large place; to sit at Dive's door, for he knows he shall rest in Abraham's bosom; to lose all, for he knows he shall find all hereafter. God will be all, and more than all, to him. He knows that the trialslast but for a little season, a day, an hour, a moment, a small moment. hereafter there are eternal embraces. He can submit to God to work His own work, and to work it in His own way, and after His own manner, if so be He will bring him to glory at last. And he can say, Wlecome that sorrow that presages joy, that trouble that ends in comfort, those crosses that prepare for crownings, and that death which ushers in eternal life. All all this he can do by the consideration of the great and glorious things which God has reserved for him. Hence we see the necessity of having a respect to heaven and glory in our obedience. - Sameuel Bolton, The True Bounds of Christian Freedom, pg. 204-205)

"Only one life, 'twill soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last." - C.T. Studd

"He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, to keep what he cannot lose" - Jim Elliot

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