A Reformed Look at Christian Hedonism-7
Finding pleasure in God is only one aspect of the Christian experience. The Christian must never compartmentalize joy, pleasure, or happiness, but find these attributes peppered throughout the total of our earthly sojourn. The only philosophy of life the believer should embrace is summed up in the word Christian (“follower of Christ”) and everything that it entails. Be imitators of Him. Find perfect contentment in His administrations of peace, prosperity, trials, persecutions, abundance, and wants. Learn in all things how to be content with life’s trails and look with happiness inwardly at Christ and upwardly to heaven. Or as Lachlan Mackenzie puts it,
Happy is he who has Gospel Submission in his will, due order in his afflictions, sound peace in his conscience, real Divinity in his breast, the Redeemer’s yoke on his neck, a vain world under his feet, and a crown of glory over his head. Happy is the life of that man who believes firmly, prays fervently, walks patiently, works abundantly, lives holy, dies daily, watches his heart, guides his senses, redeems his time, loves Christ, and longs for glory. He is necessitated to take the world on his way to heaven, but he walks through it as fast as he can, and all his business by the way is to make himself and others happy. Take him all in all, in two words, he is a Man and a Christian.
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