If you don’t like the Lord’s Day…

Your won’t like heaven! 

I’ve been thinking of posting on this subject for some time.  The quotation below by J.C. Ryle says it better than I could, so I’ll go with our brother.   The Lord’s Day is a day which is to be for us a foretaste of the world to come.  It is a day when we leave off the world, when we gather in the presence of God, when we rest from our labors, and when we fellowship with the saints.   If  we do not love such things, heaven will not be heaven for us!

Here are  Pastor Ryle’s comments:

Let us never forget that our feelings about Sundays are sure tests of the state of our souls. The person who can find no pleasure in giving God one day in the week, is manifestly unfit for heaven. Heaven itself is nothing but an eternal Sabbath. If we cannot enjoy a few hours in God’s service once a week in this world, it is plain that we could not enjoy an eternity in His service in the world to come. Happy are those who walk in the steps of her of whom we read today! They shall find Christ and a blessing while they live, and Christ and glory when they die.

~ J.C. Ryle

Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Luke volume 2 , [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1998], 120. {Luke 13:10-17}

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2 responses to “If you don’t like the Lord’s Day…

  • MarieP

    Amen! As the other Ryle’s dad quoted in prayer meeting,

    “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in the LORD; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the LORD has spoken”- Isaiah 58:13-14

    If Israel was promised that, how much more we on the Lord’s Day, and how much more in Heaven!!

    • Stephen Cox

      My own experience as regards this issue of not delighting in the Sabbath at various times in my walk of faith agrees with this insight. Worldliness and undealt with sin will make the Sabbath a time of interruption as regards what my affections are really set upon.When I’m loving GOD with my whole heart I don’t want the Sabbath to end,when not loving Him thus the Sabbath can’t end soon enough. Nearly every Sabbath service I have ever missed is because the world and the things of the world had my strongest desires at that moment.Lord deliver me from such an attitude as this that I might love You more fully and the things which concern true heartfelt worship.Amen

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