Live in the light of the next world
Spurgeon, "Overwhelming Obligations", #910
How did you serve Satan before you were
converted, not sparing body or soul to enjoy
the pleasures of sin. Oh, with what zest,
with what fervor and force and vehemence
did many of you dance to the tune of the
I wish you would serve God half as well
as some of the devil's servants serve him.
What? Now you have a new Friend, a new
Lover, a new Husband: shall He ever look
you in the face and say, "You do not love
Me so well as you did love the world. You
were never weary of serving the world,
but you soon get weary of serving Me"?
O my poor heart, wake up! Wake up!
What are you doing, to have served sin at
such a rate, and then to serve Christ so little?
Dear friends, how do you think such service
as you have rendered will look when you
come to see it by the light of eternity?
Oh, nothing of life will be worth
having lived, when we come to die,
except that part of it which was
devoted and consecrated to Christ.
Live, then, with your deathbeds in immediate
prospect. Live in the light of the next world
so that your pulse will be quickened, and your
heart excited in the Master's service!