And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
“I have learned more from John Howe than from any other author I ever
read. There is an astonishing magnificence in his conceptions.” So said
Robert Hall, nearly 100 years after Howe’s death. It is Howe’s
“magnificence in his conceptions,” presented in concise, to-the-point
language, that has continued to touch successive generations. The
following advice is no exception.
Do not think that Christ came into the world and died to procure the pardon of your sins and so translate you to heaven, while your hearts should still remain cleaving to the earth. He came and returned to prepare a way for you and then call, not drag you, to that place—that by His precepts, promises, example and Spirit, He might form and fashion your souls to that glorious state and make you willing to abandon all things for it.
When you put your affection toward something, you are passionate toward whatever that thing is. What has your affection? What means more to you than anything else? Is it a house? Is it a boat? Is it a car? Is it a relationship? Is it the way you look? Are you more concerned how people look at you than how God sees you?
Determine in your heart to shake off the affections of the world, and become infatuated with Jesus. “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2).
Numbers 29; Psalms 73
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