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Monday, September 18, 2006

The Sinner's Commitment To The World Vs. The Saint's Commitment To The Saviour

The following is a short portion of a message preached by Thomas Brooks entitled "Heaven on Earth" in 1667

What labor and pains worldlings take to obtain the vain things of this life--to obtain the poor things of this world, which are but shadows and dreams, and mere nothings! Oh! how should this stir and provoke Christians to be up and doing, to labor as for life--to make sure of spiritual and eternal things! Is earth better than heaven? No! Oh then be ashamed, Christians, that worldlings are more studious and industrious to obtain pebbles, than you are to obtain pearls! They labor to obtain those things which at last will be their burden, their bane, their plague, their hell. You are to labor to obtain those things which will be your joy and crown in life, in death, and in the day of judgment.

Pambus wept when he saw a harlot dressed with much care and cost--partly to see one take so much pains to go to hell; and partly because he had not been so careful to please God, as she had been to please her sluttish lovers. Ah, Christians! what great reason have you to sit down and weep bitterly--that worldlings take so much pains to make themselves miserable--and that you have taken no more pains to get more of Christ into your hearts!
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