Friday, September 04, 2009

Make It Clear (Declare It Plainly)!

For people who speak thus make it clear (declare it plainly) that they are seeking a homeland.
Hebrews 11:14
They declare plainly that they seek a country. There was not only a verbal, but a real confession; for by dwelling in tents they did more openly acknowledge their desires for another country. They did not go up and down, and tell men that they were strangers and pilgrims; but by dwelling in these poor movable habitations, when the Canaanites dwelt in cities, and built houses, hereby they declared to all that lived about them, that they looked for another country. So, christians, your business is to declare plainly that your journey lies towards heaven; you should discover your hopes more in your lives than you do, by walking suitably and answerably thereunto, and as those that are not ashamed of their country, that so you may draw in others to be companions with you in your journey to heaven. When all your cares, griefs, desires and endeavours are for civil and carnal things, you declare plainly that you savour of the world; but when the heart is taken up with better things, and the face of our conversation lies another way, then you declare plainly your journey is for heaven. And this is it which is meant everywhere by walking worthy of God and worthy of our vocation, that is, answerably and suitably to, and becoming your great hopes, and that kingdom and glory to which God hath called you. A christian should not live unsuitably to his hopes, but should discover them in his life, that all that see him may know that his heart and his hopes are above, and that God hath called him to his kingdom and glory: 1 Thes. 2. 12, 'That you would walk worthy of God, who called you into his kingdom and glory.' This will discover whether you have a heavenly mind, yea or no.

--Thomas Manton, The Works Of Thomas Manton, Volume 14, p. 338.
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing...
2 Corinthians 2:14,15 (emphasis added)
Heavenly Father, everywhere we are, everything we do, please let us smell of the knowledge of You. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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