The grand duty of the believer is to live above the world. He is not of the world, even as Christ was not of it.
The very name of a Christian implies his crucifixion to the world. In his profession, his joys, his pursuits, his hopes, he seems to say, with the soaring eagle, “I was born on the earth, but I live in the sky.”
But we require powerful motives to influence us to this. We are moved by motive, and the religion of Jesus is preeminently a religion of motive. The certain and speedy coming of Christ to glorify His Church, oh, what a motive is here!
Were you to rise in the morning impressed with this truth, how sweetly would it carry you through your day! How effectually would it…. dim the luster of the world’s pomp, deaden its joys, soothe your sorrows, dry your tears, lighten your burdens, reconcile you to poverty, to crosses, to losses, yes, to whatever your Lord ordains!
You would feel, “What have I to do with the world’s vanities, its smiles, and its glories? I am waiting, expecting, looking, hoping, praying, for that blessed hope, the appearing of my Redeemer.”
Oh what an eminent Christian would you be!
What a burning and shining light!
What vigorous faith, what lively hope, what fervent love, what a holy living for God, for Christ, and for eternity, would henceforth distinguish you!
Belief in the Lord’s coming reduces all worldly glory into the emptiness and nothingness; and gives the believer a holy elevation above all sublunary enjoyments.
Surely, if our affections were supremely fixed on Jesus; were He to us the “chief among ten thousand;” and did we really feel in our hearts the sentiment which our lips so often utter, “Whom have I in heaven but You? and there is none upon earth that I desire besides You;” the return of our Lord would be to us a matter of most delight some expectation and joyous desire.
Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
Co-Founder of The Mystical Order