Morning, July 20, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“A pledge of our inheritance.” — Ephesians 1:14
Oh, what enlightenment, what joy, what comfort, what happiness of heart is experienced by that man who has learned to feed on Jesus, and on Jesus alone. However, the realization we have of Christ’s value is, in this life, imperfect at best. As an old writer says, “Tis but a taste!” We have tasted “that the Lord is gracious,” but we do not yet know how good and gracious he is, although what we know of his sweetness makes us long for more. We have enjoyed the first fruits of the Spirit, and they have made us hungry and thirsty for the richness of the heavenly vintage. We cry within ourselves, waiting for our adoption. Here we are like Israel in the wilderness, who had but one cluster of grapes from the valley of Eshcol; there we shall be in the whole vineyard. Here we see the manna falling in small portions, like coriander seed, but there we shall eat the bread of heaven and the rich food of the kingdom. We are just beginners now in spiritual education; for although we have learned the first letters of the alphabet, we cannot read words yet, much less can we put sentences together; but as one says, “He that has been in heaven only five minutes, knows more than the general assembly of believers on earth.” We have many unfulfilled desires at present, but soon every wish shall be satisfied; and all our strength shall find the sweetest employment in that eternal world of joy. Oh Christian, we wait for heaven for a few years. Within a very little time you shall be rid of all your trials and your troubles. Your eyes, now filled with tears, shall weep no longer. You shall gaze in indescribable delight upon the splendor of him who sits upon the throne. And even, you shall sit upon his throne. The triumph of his glory shall be shared by you; his crown, his joy, his paradise, these shall be yours, and you shall be a joint heir with him who is the heir of all things.