Advantages And Future Benefits
unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was
set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at
the right hand of the throne of God. Heb. 12:2.
should ever cherish feelings of gratitude to those who have shown us favors
in times of need. But these feelings that are so readily called into exercise
by the kindness and disinterestedness of our friends should respond to the
love and compassion of our benevolent heavenly Friend. . . . The friendship
expressed by nearest and dearest relatives and friends is so far surpassed
by the revelation of Jesus Christ that the former is dumb and expressionless
when compared with the latter. It is natural that the heart should entertain
sentiments of the warmest affection toward those who have done or suffered
something for us.
Let me lead you to the scene of the crucifixion and show you the Son of God
dying in your stead. Will not the spectacle of the cross of Christ awaken
every feeling of gratitude? Will it not sweep away the coldness and indifference
which steels the senses to the great sacrifice made in our behalf? . . .
Satan, the adversary of souls, is constantly at work with his devices and
enchantments, stealing away the senses and deadening the feelings to our highest
interest. To all the little matters of life the affections are given free
play, but in eternal interest the affections are trammeled, bound as by magical
cords. . . .
There are so many who endure privation and pursue at considerable sacrifice
a course which promises advantages in the future. They forego present comfort
for a future inducement as an equivalent, but here Jesus presents eternal
life as the reward of obedience, and if paltry things of earthly gain will
be sacrificed for some future good, how much more should ease, pleasure, and
present worldly advantages be sacrificed for the incomparable riches and glory
of the future immortal life. Let not the sorcery of earthly enchantments steal
the affections from God and harden the heart to eternal interest. Look at
the things that are unseen. Enshrine Jesus in the heart. Love Him with your
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 248.