“There are two methods which the Lord graciously adopts, in order to draw our heart away from this present world:
- The first is by setting before it the attractiveness and stability of “things above:”
- The second is, by faithfully declaring the evanescent [temporary] and shakable nature of ‘things of earth.’
… Now it is much better to be drawn by the joys of heaven than driven by the sorrows of earth.
The believer should not wait to be shaken out of the present things…There is no difficulty in giving up the world when we have, by faith, laid hold of Christ: the difficulty then would be to hold it.”
~adapted from C.H. Macintosh, Notes on Genesis (1879)