But you will acknowledge that during the week if you hewed away all that was given to earthly things there would not be much left. How is it with you now with your large house of twenty rooms sumptuously furnished; are you any happier than when you had only two? )Attractions of the worldCuyler.Nearly all can recall that favourite fiction of their childhood, the voyage of Sinbad the sailor into the Indian Sea. You are commanded to love your wives, husbands, etc., because you can love them in the Lord — but nowhere to love ourselves, money, etc., because "If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in Him. Anderson, LL. (3)What do you spend most time about? In pursuing one of them we can only gain itself, but in pursuing the other we gain it and a large share of its competitor — who could hesitate about making an election? Under its enchanting spell bolt after bolt of good resolution, clamp after clamp of Christian obligation, are stealthily drawn out. They destroy while they please. We call the dove silly to be deceived by a picture, however cleverly painted, but what epithet shall we apply to those who are duped by the transparently false allurements of the world!(C. AFFECTION IS THE GOING OUT OF THE SOUL TOWARD OBJECTS WITHIN ITS VIEW.1. The Chinese Government twice offered him a fortune. A MEASURE OF AFFECTION FOR THINGS ON EARTH IS LEGITIMATE. We need to be much taken up with Divine things, rising in thought above these temporal matters, or else the world will entangle us, and we shall be like birds held with limed twigs, or encompassed in a net. You have not got so far as that? Not that the life of the heavenly seeker is one of sloth, but his heavenly-mindedness enables him to go through the same work without the same disturbance, and to add others of a benevolent character by way of pastime.II. (7) We shall never please God in anything we do (Romans 12:11). They would be most indulgent and tender of them.8. If you have never found out the true secret of life — the love of God and His service, you are not so happy. (1) Where is the man who has been made happy by temporal success. Men demean themselves, defraud, and lie for money, and think of nothing else. BUT THE TWO THINGS ARE NOT OF EQUAL VALUE, and though the pursuit of the heavenly excluded the earthly, though it were uncertain while the pursuit of the earthly were certain, and though it were more laborious, yet —1. How marvellous that the soul can consent to stay in the dust when it might live beyond the stars.2. A. Uses:1. He cannot hold together in a tempest of trial, he cannot go out on any cruise of Christian service, because he is no longer held together by a Divine principle within. Good men have used an indiscreet language almost of requiring an indifference to or contempt for earthly things; and according to this there is one essential inconsistency between our duty and the condition in which God has placed us. (b)Our Husband (Hosea 2:16; Isaiah 54:5). Let a man examine when he is strongly interested in some temporal concern whether he can say more than all this is the interest I feel in things above.2. )The affections to be habitually heavenwardT. lnglis. (2)Ye provoke Him to take them away (Psalm 78:5-7). (2) Our chief relations are three. Oh that we would remember this, and never tarry long on the ground lest the fowler ensnare us. The confectioner then took up s whisk to drive them off, when those upon the side flew away with ease, but the others were prevented from rising, the honey clinging to their wings, and were involved in ruin. The snow is melted by the warm beams of the sun, and the more your hearts are warmed with love to Christ, the easier will earthly affections fall away. (1) Take riches; there is no harm in preferring them to poverty; but thousands are destroyed by the pleasure of their accumulation, bodily, spiritually, and eternally. (Bishop Reynolds. Do you not think of that? And as it is sensibly carried out towards, so it must embrace the same. We shall be wise if we prefer that which we are sure of attaining, and resist that of which it is doubtful if we ever gain it. (5)Or others to be proud of having them.2. The snow is melted by the warm beams of the sun, and the more your hearts are warmed with love to Christ, the easier will earthly affections fall away. (1)What do you most think of? Again, if a man be of a cultivated intellect and taste, he cannot help being affected by the beauties of nature and the great works and discoveries of men.3. And so out of this dark world, and amid this blindness of sin, we feel something drawing us heavenwards; and though we cannot see the thrones, and the joy, and the coronation, blessed be God, we can feel them pull.(T. Here the apostle points the antithesis between earthly and heavenly things to controvert a Gnostic asceticism: in the Philippian letter he uses the same contrast to denounce an Epicurean sensualism. 2. H. Spurgeon.— AEsop's fable says: — "A pigeon oppressed by excessive thirst, saw a goblet of water painted on a sign-board. "(2) In comparison with spiritual things your affection for them is to be as no affection. Therefore there is great difficulty in apportioning the regards towards these in due proportion. In most cases this is a matter of prompt and unequivocal consciousness; but in this the best men find tests valuable.1. Spurgeon. So our converse with heaven should affect our attitude in looking at the things of earth.(T. You who have chosen the earthly consider what a gambler's work you make of the pursuit of happiness. Do you not think of that? A. (7)It is gross idolatry (Colossians 3:5). Conclusion: Do you set your affections on things above?1. De Witt Talmage, D. D.I. They are unsatisfactory. The reality for me is that I am finding faith, love and joy like never before. )The affections to be habitually heavenwardT. They are unsatisfactory. How marvellous that the soul can consent to stay in the dust when it might live beyond the stars.2. You are commanded to love your wives, husbands, etc., because you can love them in the Lord — but nowhere to love ourselves, money, etc., because "If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in Him. Oh that we would remember this, and never tarry long on the ground lest the fowler ensnare us. A sad thing it is for men to be so bent, and their hearts so set on the things of this world, as not to cast up a look to the things that are in heaven; nay, not to regard though God brings heaven down to them in His Word and sacraments. You have not got so far as that? First a man wants to make a living, then a competency, then a superfluity, then he wants more. A child if he have no affection for his book will never make a scholar. Its intrinsic value would outweigh all adverse considerations. Here we are immersed in the cares and business of the world; but let us keep the wings of our soul, our faith and our love, out of the world, that with these unclogged we may be ready to take our flight to heaven.(J. When he is greatly pleased with something, and his thoughts suddenly turn to higher objects, is he then more pleased?3. We call the dove silly to be deceived by a picture, however cleverly painted, but what epithet shall we apply to those who are duped by the transparently false allurements of the world!(C. And then a man that looks on the conduct of public affairs, by which his own, his family's, and his fellow-citizens' welfare are affected, will necessarily feel consider able interest in that direction. (a)Our Father (Luke 12:32; John 20:17; Malachi 1:6). And as it is sensibly carried out towards, so it must embrace the same. Then they would always carry these things about with them in their minds.5. A child if he have no affection for his book will never make a scholar. Baxter.As it is but foolish childishness that makes children so delight in baubles that they would not leave them for all your lands, so it is but foolish worldliness, and fleshliness, and wickedness, that makes you so much delight in your houses, and lands, and meat, and drink, and ease, and honour, as that you would not part with them for heavenly delights. But what will you do for pleasure when these are gone? Scripture: Colossians 3:2. And, therefore, we may in measure desire the pleasing, and be anxious to avoid the painful.2. But you will acknowledge that during the week if you hewed away all that was given to earthly things there would not be much left. H. How many dollars is Croesus worth now? This is a hard thing to do: for it means to have a sympathy with that against which we had an antipathy; and to change our sympathies into antipathies, and vice versa, is no easy matter.2. (4)The more you affect them, the less comfort you will have in them (Psalm 106:15). H. WE ARE TO SET OUR AFFECTIONS ON THINGS ABOVE.1. A MEASURE OF AFFECTION FOR THINGS ON EARTH IS LEGITIMATE. (1) Our thoughts (Philippians 4:8). (Mark 4:19).2. Both alike are guilty of the same fundamental error; both alike concentrate their thoughts on material, mundane things. Good men have used an indiscreet language almost of requiring an indifference to or contempt for earthly things; and according to this there is one essential inconsistency between our duty and the condition in which God has placed us. A MEASURE OF AFFECTION FOR THINGS ON EARTH IS LEGITIMATE. (Bishop Lightfoot. We call the dove silly to be deceived by a picture, however cleverly painted, but what epithet shall we apply to those who are duped by the transparently false allurements of the world!(C. )Vanity of earthly thingsC. Here the apostle points the antithesis between earthly and heavenly things to controvert a Gnostic asceticism: in the Philippian letter he uses the same contrast to denounce an Epicurean sensualism. (1)In the most intense degree (Luke 14:26).(2)Constantly. But what will you do for pleasure when these are gone? And when the Jews were affected against Paul they "were moved with envy.2. The Chinese Government twice offered him a fortune. And when the fated vessel drew so near that every bolt and clamp was unloosed, the whole structure of bulwark, mast, and spars tumbled into ruin on the sea, and the sleeping sailors awoke to their drowning agonies. "This light affliction."(T. "Let him that rejoiceth be as though he rejoiced not." (2) Take the approval of the world. Not that the life of the heavenly seeker is one of sloth, but his heavenly-mindedness enables him to go through the same work without the same disturbance, and to add others of a benevolent character by way of pastime.II. P.O. A fortiori, then, is not theirs an awful madness.III. (3) Our affections will never be drawn from things beneath. )The heavenly inheritance preferredW. The earthly is mainly for the body and fortune, the heavenly for both body and soul and for eternity.2. First a man wants to make a living, then a competency, then a superfluity, then he wants more. Those who enjoy them with moderation and contentment, when the whisk of death approaches, not having their hearts filled with the love of them, can with ease escape its snare; while all who, like the .foolish flies, have given themselves wholly to their sweetness will meet with destruction. De Witt Talmage, D. D.)Drawings toward heavenT. The confectioner then took up s whisk to drive them off, when those upon the side flew away with ease, but the others were prevented from rising, the honey clinging to their wings, and were involved in ruin. A. Earthly things are only at best a temporary convenience; but without the heavenly a man perishes for ever. It is "with Christ in God." (2)What are you most loath to part with? Do you not think of that? )Affections the wings of the soulJ. Men demean themselves, defraud, and lie for money, and think of nothing else. lnglis. They would not be put off with any slight evidence of their interest in them.(W. Why are we to set our affections on things above? (4)Hope (Romans 5:2). (4) One would imagine the terror of this to make the doctrine of Divine grace welcome. Uses:1. And, therefore, we may in measure desire the pleasing, and be anxious to avoid the painful.2. Wisdom will prefer that which requires less labour. Spence.It is storied of Henry the Fourth of France, asking the Duke of Alva if he had observed the eclipses happening in that year, he answered, that he had so much business on earth, that he had no leisure to look up to heaven. (3) Our affections will never be drawn from things beneath. Up from the weedy ditches and briery hedges of the world into the clear atmosphere of heaven. How happy it were if affection might go just at its own pleasure and all be right and safe, i.e., that an infallible perception accompanied it with which the moral taste strictly agreed. Beauty, genius, everything that men and women have have been sacrificed for this, and as they went up in fame went down in character. (2) By the output of our nature our relation to one class of interests is immediate and sensible, while the relation to things spiritual is only through thought and faith. You who have chosen the earthly consider what a gambler's work you make of the pursuit of happiness. Except in reliance on this we should hear the text with despair.II. )Vanity of earthly thingsC. )The heart misplacedBishop Reynolds.To set the heart on the creature is to set a diamond in lead, or to lock coals in a cabinet and throw jewels into a cellar. )The heart misplacedBishop Reynolds.To set the heart on the creature is to set a diamond in lead, or to lock coals in a cabinet and throw jewels into a cellar. H. Immediately a swarm of flies settled, as was their wont, upon the honey; some upon the edge of the dish, but the greater number in the middle. The reason for David's great gift was his affection (1 Chronicles 29:3). (a)Upon God (Psalm 10:4; Psalm 139:18). What then should be the comparative state of the affections as towards the former and the latter? How marvellous that the soul can consent to stay in the dust when it might live beyond the stars.2. On the second occasion the sum was still larger, but this also he declined, and afterwards he wrote home: — "I do not want anything, either money or honours, from either the Chinese Government or our own. Its intrinsic value would outweigh all adverse considerations. They destroy while they please. When he is greatly pleased with something, and his thoughts suddenly turn to higher objects, is he then more pleased?3. So if a man choose the earthly he can gain none of the heavenly; whereas if he choose the heavenly, besides securing it, he gains the best of the earthly. "Nothing but heaven," was the reply.Not on things on the earthE. (3) Our affections will never be drawn from things beneath. Hake.In return for his splendid services to China, Gordon would accept only the distinctions of the "Yellow Jacket" and the "Peacock's Feather," which correspond to our own orders of the Garter and the Bath. They destroy while they please. Let a man examine when he is strongly interested in some temporal concern whether he can say more than all this is the interest I feel in things above. Bridge, M. A.I. Bridge, M. (7) We shall never please God in anything we do (Romans 12:11). Good men have used an indiscreet language almost of requiring an indifference to or contempt for earthly things; and according to this there is one essential inconsistency between our duty and the condition in which God has placed us. What, may we not at all affect the things of earth? De Witt Talmage, D. D.)The antidote to asceticism and sensualismBishop Lightfoot.You must not only seek heaven; you must also think heaven. You who have chosen the earthly consider what a gambler's work you make of the pursuit of happiness. (a)Riches (Matthew 6:19-21). Hake.In return for his splendid services to China, Gordon would accept only the distinctions of the "Yellow Jacket" and the "Peacock's Feather," which correspond to our own orders of the Garter and the Bath. Here the apostle points the antithesis between earthly and heavenly things to controvert a Gnostic asceticism: in the Philippian letter he uses the same contrast to denounce an Epicurean sensualism. "Nothing but heaven," was the reply.Not on things on the earthE. Or is he solicitous that this temporal good may not injure his spiritual interests?4. De Witt Talmage, D. D.)Drawings toward heavenT. Baxter.As it is but foolish childishness that makes children so delight in baubles that they would not leave them for all your lands, so it is but foolish worldliness, and fleshliness, and wickedness, that makes you so much delight in your houses, and lands, and meat, and drink, and ease, and honour, as that you would not part with them for heavenly delights. On the second occasion the sum was still larger, but this also he declined, and afterwards he wrote home: — "I do not want anything, either money or honours, from either the Chinese Government or our own. "(From the Hindustani. Here the apostle points the antithesis between earthly and heavenly things to controvert a Gnostic asceticism: in the Philippian letter he uses the same contrast to denounce an Epicurean sensualism. Nay, the choice of the heavenly portion is the more promising way of obtaining the earthly on the ground of the greater prudence and superior morality which the choice inspires, together with the blessing of God. Again, if a man be of a cultivated intellect and taste, he cannot help being affected by the beauties of nature and the great works and discoveries of men.3. (Bishop Beveridge. (5)By so doing you will partly enjoy them (2 Corinthians 12:2, 3). The husks of this wilderness can never satisfy the hunger of the soul. Men demean themselves, defraud, and lie for money, and think of nothing else. THE FOLLY OF SETTING OUR AFFECTIONS ON THINGS ON THE EARTH.1. Ardent love is required for faithful testimony, and those who are ashamed of Christ, of them will He be ashamed. "O yes, sir," he replied, "I cannot see it, but I can feel it pull." In Colossians 3:10-17 Paul tells us to put on the new person in Christ. SUPREME AFFECTION SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR THINGS ABOVE.1. The confectioner then took up s whisk to drive them off, when those upon the side flew away with ease, but the others were prevented from rising, the honey clinging to their wings, and were involved in ruin. De Witt Talmage, D. D.)The antidote to asceticism and sensualismBishop Lightfoot.You must not only seek heaven; you must also think heaven. And when the fated vessel drew so near that every bolt and clamp was unloosed, the whole structure of bulwark, mast, and spars tumbled into ruin on the sea, and the sleeping sailors awoke to their drowning agonies. Then they would always carry these things about with them in their minds.5. Let sudden temptation smite the unbolted professor, and in an hour he is a wreck. And happiness, according to your estimate, depends on such chances as these. Do heavenly things grow increasingly attractive the nearer he gets to them? Having broken her wings by the blow, she fell to the ground, and was killed by one of the bystanders." H. Spurgeon.— AEsop's fable says: — "A pigeon oppressed by excessive thirst, saw a goblet of water painted on a sign-board. (Bishop Beveridge. First a man wants to make a living, then a competency, then a superfluity, then he wants more. I love a thing and, if absent, desire it; if present, delight in it. "O yes, sir," he replied, "I cannot see it, but I can feel it pull." (1) But not for themselves, only in deference to Christ and in subordination to God. (a)Riches (Matthew 6:19-21). In pursuing one of them we can only gain itself, but in pursuing the other we gain it and a large share of its competitor — who could hesitate about making an election? TRANSFER, THEN, YOUR AFFECTIONS TO THINGS ABOVE.1. Uses:1. The husks of this wilderness can never satisfy the hunger of the soul. And so out of this dark world, and amid this blindness of sin, we feel something drawing us heavenwards; and though we cannot see the thrones, and the joy, and the coronation, blessed be God, we can feel them pull.(T. Bridge, M. A.I. By one we follow what is good and the other shun what is evil. Earthly things are only at best a temporary convenience; but without the heavenly a man perishes for ever. Silently Sinbad's vessel was attracted towards it; silently the bolts were drawn out of the ship's side, one by one, through the subtle attraction of that magnetic rock. Surely our Creator does not desire the pleasure denied or the pain endured more than is inevitable, or disciplinary. But how sad it is that the relations of the present are all which many recognize. (1)What do you most think of? (1) The answer can but be that there must be, at the lowest, a decided preponderance in favour of the spiritual and the eternal. (8) We shall not be safe from apostasy. The Chinese Government twice offered him a fortune. Herod heard John gladly, and the stony ground received the Word with joy.3. (c)Pleasures (Psalm 16:11). )Love of the worldFrom the Hindustani.— A dervish once went into a confectioner's shop. 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