Eye more the spiritual and eternal

“Eye more, mind more, and lay to heart more the spiritual and eternal workings of God in your souls than the external providences of God in the world.” (Thomas Brooks)

I’m presently reading Thomas Brooks’ sermon “The Pastor’s Legacies” which is included in Sermons of the Great Ejection. Here’s a sobering thought: we’re so concerned about earthly health and wealth, not realizing that it’s our spiritual prosperity which is vastly more important, as the state of our character or holiness is one we’ll carry into and throughout eternity. Not that health and wealth have no importance at all, but the fact remains that earthly treasures are liable to be corrupted by moth and rust (Matthew 6:19) and our flesh will someday fail (Psalm 73:26). To be sure, we ought to be good stewards of everything entrusted to us, including our health and our wealth. But first things first: conformity of our character to the Lord Jesus Christ’s. My understanding is all true believers will be with the Lord someday and will be with him forever, but some will be nearer to him than others and will be able to enjoy his love and his presence more than others because in the here and now they’ve striven to be holy with all their might. “Without holiness, no one will see the Lord.” “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” “He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me; and he that loveth me shall be loved of my father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

“All the motions of God within you are steps to eternity, and every soul shall be blessed or cursed, saved or lost to all eternity, not according to outward dispensations, but according to the inward operations of God in your souls.” (Thomas Brooks)

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To be holy is to be happy

“In proportion as the sanctification of a believer advances, his real happiness advances with it” (Octavius Winslow)

“Man’s holiness is now his greatest happiness, and in heaven man’s greatest happiness will be his perfect holiness.” (Thomas Brooks)

We pursue happiness in the wrong way. We run after success, money, fame and pleasure, and once we have these they turn into ashes in our hands.

Holiness, on the other hand, carries with it a peculiar enjoyment – the kind only heaven can give. Pursue holiness and you gain joy that thrives even in the midst of affliction. Mere happiness cannot do this; it wilts at the first whiff of unfortunate circumstances.