When you wallow in the mud of worldly pleasures!
(Charles Spurgeon, "Flowers from a Puritan's Garden" 1883)
"If you saw a man laboring in filthy ditches, and soiling himself as poor men do — would you believe that he was the heir to a crown, called to inherit a kingdom? Just so, who will believe in your heavenly calling — when you wallow in the mud of worldly pleasures, and are absorbed with carking care for trivial things?"
Princes should behave as princes! Their haunts should be in palaces — and not amid dung-heaps! How, then, is it that some who profess and call themselves Christians, are found rummaging in questionable amusements to discover pleasure; and many others are groping amid sordid avarice to find satisfaction in wealth?
What are they doing — to be thus disgracing the blood royal! How dare they drag the name of the "Blessed and only Potentate" through the mire!
A prince of royal-blood acting as a beggar, would dishonor not only himself but all the royal house. Nobility has obligations!
The eminent nobility of the saints, puts them under heavy bonds to act as the true aristocracy of the universe!
Come, my soul, do you behave royally? I am made a king by Jesus Christ — are my bearing and life-style answerable to the dignity laid upon me?
Lord, you must teach your poor child. I have so long been a vagabond and an outcast, that unless you teach me the majestic life-style of your holy courts — I will dishonor both myself and You!
"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God!" Colossians 3:1-3