Jonathan Edwards wrote,
The world is ready to wonder what strange principle it is that influences Christians to expose themselves to so great sufferings and who forsake the things that are seen and renounce what is dear and pleasant to their senses. They seem to men of the world to be beside themselves and almost act as if they hated themselves.
Charles Spurgeon penned,
We love our dear ones on the earth, but we love the Lord more than all of them put together.
How many “Christians” have you met like this in the I-15 Corridor?
Let’s jump back in time to Gregory Nazianzen’s musings:
If I have any possessions, health, credit, learning, this is all the contentment I have of them, that I have somewhat I may despise for Christ, who is totus desiderabilis, et totum desiderabile (the all-desirable, the every thing desirable).