Edwards’ Resolution #22

Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014 in Resolutions

download22. Resolved, To endeavour to obtain for myself as much happiness in the other world as I possibly can, with all the power, might, vigour, and vehemence, yea violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in any way that can be thought of.

According to Sinclair Ferguson, this resolution focuses on Edwards’ resolve “to make future happiness a central goal.” Ferguson continues, “If living for the glory of God simplifies all of life, living in the light of eternity solemnizes all of life and enables one increasingly to give weight to every thought, word, and deed.”

“Every thought, word and deed.” I am reminded of the importance of Colossians 3:1-4: 1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Paul says this pursuit, this seeking, begins with putting to death what is earthly. Jesus taught to seek first the kingdom of God and the “necessities” of life would be given. Holiness and happiness come only as we come to terms with those desires and passions that are contrary to God’s purpose for us. It begins by asking, “Where do I spend the most time and to what do I give the most time? “ In other words, upon what are you focused?  The here and now – or the eternal? Do you pursue eternal happiness in the way Edwards describes?

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

May we so endeavor to obtain much happiness!

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