God has work to do in this world; and to desert it because of its difficulties and entanglements, is to cast off His authority. It is not enough that we be just, that we be righteous, and walk with God in holiness; but we must also serve our generation, as David did before he fell asleep. God has a work to do; and not to help Him is to oppose Him.
On Christ’s glory I would fix all my thoughts and desires, and the more I
see of the glory of Christ, the more the painted beauties of this world
will wither in my eyes and I will be more and more crucified to this
world. It will become to me like something dead and putrid, impossible
for me to enjoy.
To suppose that whatever God requireth of us that we have power of
ourselves to do, is to make the cross and grace of Jesus Christ of none
NO MAN shall ever behold the glory of Christ BY SIGHT hereafter, who
doth not in some measure behold it BY FAITH here in this world. Grace is
a necessary preparation for glory, and faith for sight. Where the
subject (the soul) is not previously seasoned with grace and faith, it
is not capable of glory or vision. Yea, persons not disposed hereby unto
it cannot desire it, whatever they pretend.. if a man pretend himself
to be enamored on, or greatly to desire, what he never saw, nor was ever
represented unto him, he doth but dote on his own imaginations. And the
pretended desires of many to behold the glory of Christ in heaven, who
have no view of it by faith while they are here in this world, are
nothing but self-deceiving imaginations.