What madness would be charged. But where is the worldling after every earthly gratification then?(W. (2)This will keep you from doating on the world (Philippians 3:8). It is one thing to affect the best things and have some affections for them, and another thing to set our affections on them. BUT THE TWO THINGS ARE NOT OF EQUAL VALUE, and though the pursuit of the heavenly excluded the earthly, though it were uncertain while the pursuit of the earthly were certain, and though it were more laborious, yet —1. Surely our Creator does not desire the pleasure denied or the pain endured more than is inevitable, or disciplinary. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart."2. Because, if they are not set on Christ and the things of Christ —(1) You will not be found marriageable unto Him. Now that is a lesson for us. Besides, if they had all that they profess, we cannot keep them. )The death of MelancthonIs there anything else you want?" SUPPOSE TWO OBJECTS ADMITTED TO BE OF EQUAL VALUE PRESENTED THEMSELVES IN COMPETITION FOR OUR FAVOUR.1. The reason for David's great gift was his affection (1 Chronicles 29:3). Extremes meet. Or is he solicitous that this temporal good may not injure his spiritual interests?4. You who have chosen the earthly consider what a gambler's work you make of the pursuit of happiness. Extremes meet. (c)Brethren (Hebrews 2:11; Romans 8:29). (3) We cannot build on domestic enjoyments, pure and holy though they be.II. Think of Byron, Sheridan, Burns, etc. You have not got so far as that? We ought to do so. They would be most indulgent and tender of them.8. We ought to do so. We call the dove silly to be deceived by a picture, however cleverly painted, but what epithet shall we apply to those who are duped by the transparently false allurements of the world!(C. The husks of this wilderness can never satisfy the hunger of the soul. A. But you will acknowledge that during the week if you hewed away all that was given to earthly things there would not be much left. (3)What do you spend most time about? So our converse with heaven should affect our attitude in looking at the things of earth.(T. (Bishop Beveridge. Good men have used an indiscreet language almost of requiring an indifference to or contempt for earthly things; and according to this there is one essential inconsistency between our duty and the condition in which God has placed us. If you have never found out the true secret of life — the love of God and His service, you are not so happy. Ardent love is required for faithful testimony, and those who are ashamed of Christ, of them will He be ashamed. A child if he have no affection for his book will never make a scholar. Now, what happened when Christ died for you, in your place? De Witt Talmage, D. D.)The antidote to asceticism and sensualismBishop Lightfoot.You must not only seek heaven; you must also think heaven. How many dollars is Croesus worth now? (b)Upon Christ (Luke 22:11-19). Its intrinsic value would outweigh all adverse considerations. Spurgeon. Bridge, M. A.I. (a)Riches (Matthew 6:19-21). We call the dove silly to be deceived by a picture, however cleverly painted, but what epithet shall we apply to those who are duped by the transparently false allurements of the world!(C. How is it with you now with your large house of twenty rooms sumptuously furnished; are you any happier than when you had only two? On the first occasion ten thousand taels were actually brought into his room, but he drove out the bearers of the treasure, and would not even look at it. Baxter.As it is but foolish childishness that makes children so delight in baubles that they would not leave them for all your lands, so it is but foolish worldliness, and fleshliness, and wickedness, that makes you so much delight in your houses, and lands, and meat, and drink, and ease, and honour, as that you would not part with them for heavenly delights. Do not think I am ill-tempered, but I do not care one jot about my promotion, or what people may say. And when the fated vessel drew so near that every bolt and clamp was unloosed, the whole structure of bulwark, mast, and spars tumbled into ruin on the sea, and the sleeping sailors awoke to their drowning agonies. H. "Let him that rejoiceth be as though he rejoiced not." Those who enjoy them with moderation and contentment, when the whisk of death approaches, not having their hearts filled with the love of them, can with ease escape its snare; while all who, like the .foolish flies, have given themselves wholly to their sweetness will meet with destruction. Its necessity to our happiness is another weighty consideration. Earthly things are only at best a temporary convenience; but without the heavenly a man perishes for ever. (4) We shall never press much after the knowledge and enjoyment of heavenly things. If he suffers in goods or body does he feel that he would far rather suffer so than in soul, and does he feel a strong overbalancing consolation from above.5. And when the fated vessel drew so near that every bolt and clamp was unloosed, the whole structure of bulwark, mast, and spars tumbled into ruin on the sea, and the sleeping sailors awoke to their drowning agonies. )LinksColossians 3:2 NIVColossians 3:2 NLTColossians 3:2 ESVColossians 3:2 NASBColossians 3:2 KJVColossians 3:2 Bible AppsColossians 3:2 ParallelColossians 3:2 Biblia ParalelaColossians 3:2 Chinese BibleColossians 3:2 French BibleColossians 3:2 German BibleColossians 3:2 CommentariesBible Hub, (5)Or others to be proud of having them.2. )Affections rightly placedW. For this is described as hungering and thirsting.4. Nay, the choice of the heavenly portion is the more promising way of obtaining the earthly on the ground of the greater prudence and superior morality which the choice inspires, together with the blessing of God. (b)Honours (1 Samuel 2:30). Oh that we would remember this, and never tarry long on the ground lest the fowler ensnare us. (3) Our affections will never be drawn from things beneath. As for the honours, I do not value them at all. "Birds," says Manton, "are seldom taken in their flight; the more we are upon the wing of heavenly thoughts the more we escape snares." The dervish noticed this, and remarked, "That honey-dish is like the world, and the honey like its pleasures. (c)Pleasures (Psalm 16:11). You must have the whole of your uncertain life in health; you must be pure amidst temptations without grace; you must have uninterrupted business prosperity; a wife who shall prove a helpmeet although chosen under dubious circumstances, and children who shall love and honour you in spite of a godless education. This is a hard thing to do: for it means to have a sympathy with that against which we had an antipathy; and to change our sympathies into antipathies, and vice versa, is no easy matter.2. If he suffers in goods or body does he feel that he would far rather suffer so than in soul, and does he feel a strong overbalancing consolation from above.5. (7)And fit you for the enjoyment of God after death. And as it is sensibly carried out towards, so it must embrace the same. When your pleasures end in horror, and go out like a taper, the pleasures of the saints are then at their best.(R. Think how much care is necessary to avoid the ills of life, and that we may have the most benefit of its relations. Does he check his temporal pursuits directly they interfere with heavenly, and double his diligence in regard to the latter.7. Its intrinsic value would outweigh all adverse considerations. They would be most indulgent and tender of them.8. You who have chosen the earthly consider what a gambler's work you make of the pursuit of happiness. Its necessity to our happiness is another weighty consideration. A sad thing it is for men to be so bent, and their hearts so set on the things of this world, as not to cast up a look to the things that are in heaven; nay, not to regard though God brings heaven down to them in His Word and sacraments. And when the Jews were affected against Paul they "were moved with envy.2. SUPPOSE TWO OBJECTS ADMITTED TO BE OF EQUAL VALUE PRESENTED THEMSELVES IN COMPETITION FOR OUR FAVOUR.1. How happy it were if affection might go just at its own pleasure and all be right and safe, i.e., that an infallible perception accompanied it with which the moral taste strictly agreed. (2) Our chief relations are three. When Jerusalem was much affected about the tidings of Christ's birth it is said that "all Jerusalem was moved." (2) By the output of our nature our relation to one class of interests is immediate and sensible, while the relation to things spiritual is only through thought and faith. In most cases this is a matter of prompt and unequivocal consciousness; but in this the best men find tests valuable.1. And, therefore, we may in measure desire the pleasing, and be anxious to avoid the painful.2. BUT THE TWO THINGS ARE NOT OF EQUAL VALUE, and though the pursuit of the heavenly excluded the earthly, though it were uncertain while the pursuit of the earthly were certain, and though it were more laborious, yet —1. Earthly things are only at best a temporary convenience; but without the heavenly a man perishes for ever. I know I shall leave China as poor as I entered it, but with the knowledge that through my weak instrumentality upwards of eighty to one hundred thousand lives have been spared."(E. The husks of this wilderness can never satisfy the hunger of the soul. There, were the dews of grace are born, and the Sun of Righteousness is Lord paramount, and the blessed wind of the Spirit blows from the everlasting hills, thou wilt find rest on the wing, and sing for joy where thine enemies cannot even see thee.(C. We shall be wise if we prefer that which we are sure of attaining, and resist that of which it is doubtful if we ever gain it. )Affections rightly placedW. You are commanded to love your wives, husbands, etc., because you can love them in the Lord — but nowhere to love ourselves, money, etc., because "If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in Him. Under its enchanting spell bolt after bolt of good resolution, clamp after clamp of Christian obligation, are stealthily drawn out. (2)This will keep you from doating on the world (Philippians 3:8). When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory" (Colossians 3:2-4}. Oh that we would remember this, and never tarry long on the ground lest the fowler ensnare us. (5) We shall never be zealous for God, for zeal is the heat of Divine love. If men's affections were set on things above they would not be so indifferent in the things of God as they are. Yes, ye may desire them, and grieve at the loss of them, and both desire and grief are affections. Under its enchanting spell bolt after bolt of good resolution, clamp after clamp of Christian obligation, are stealthily drawn out. (2) But if no more than barely this is attained, how often it is likely to be put in doubt. (2) But if no more than barely this is attained, how often it is likely to be put in doubt. (4) One would imagine the terror of this to make the doctrine of Divine grace welcome. Spence. The dervish noticed this, and remarked, "That honey-dish is like the world, and the honey like its pleasures. Extremes meet. H. 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