The Christian and the world...

from Spurgeon, "Comfort for the Desponding"

Many have given their hearts to something else besides
God, and have set their affections upon the things of earth,
instead of the things in heaven.

It is hard to love the world and love Christ- it is impossible.

But it is hard 'not' to love the creature.

It is hard 'not' to give yourself to earth-- it is difficult,
and only God can enable us; he alone can keep
us with our hearts fully set on him.

But whenever we make a golden calf to worship, sooner or
later it will come to this- we shall get our golden calf ground
up and put into our water for us to drink, and then we shall
have to say, "He has made me drunken with wormwood."

Never a man makes an idol for himself to worship but it
tumbles down on him and breaks some of his bones!

There was never a man yet who departed to broken cisterns
to find water, but instead thereof he found loathsome
creatures therein, and was bitterly deceived.

God will have his people live on him, and on none else,
and if they live on anything else but him, he will take care
to give them of the waters of Mara, to embitter their drink,
and drive them to the Rock of purest streams.

Oh, beloved, let us take care that our hearts are wholly his,
only Christ's, solely Christ's!