Feast that Satisfies
Blessed are they which
do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Let those men and women who are satisfied with their dwarfed, crippled
condition in divine things be suddenly transported to heaven and for
an instant witness the high, the holy state of perfection that ever
abides there--every soul filled with love; every countenance beaming
with joy; . . . could such persons, I ask, mingle with the heavenly
throng, participate in their songs, and endure the pure, exalted,
transporting glory that emanates from God and the Lamb? Oh, no! .
Those who have trained
the mind to delight in spiritual exercises are the ones who can be
translated and not be overwhelmed with the purity and transcendent
glory of heaven. You may have a good knowledge of the arts, you may
have an acquaintance with the sciences, you may excel in music and
in penmanship, your manners may please your associates, but what have
these things to do with a preparation for heaven? What have they to
do to prepare you to stand before the tribunal of God?
Be not deceived. God is
not mocked. Nothing but holiness will prepare you for heaven. It is
sincere, experimental piety alone that can give you a pure, elevated
character and enable you to enter into the presence of God, who dwelleth
in light unapproachable. The heavenly character must be acquired on
earth, or it can never be acquired at all.
Desires for goodness and
true holiness are right so far as they go; but if you stop here, they
will avail nothing. Good purposes are right, but will prove of no
avail unless resolutely carried out. Many will be lost while hoping
and desiring to be Christians; but they made no earnest effort, therefore
they will be weighed in the balances and found wanting. The will must
be exercised in the right direction. I will be a wholehearted Christian.
I will know the length and breadth, the height and depth, of perfect
Listen to the words of
Jesus: "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled." Ample provisions are made by Christ
to satisfy the soul that hungers and thirsts for righteousness.
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