(Thomas Sherman, “Divine Breathings; Or, a Pious Soul Thirsting after Christ”)
Christian! You are a child of God’s love, an heir of His glory, and reckoned among His favorites! O think upon your dignity, and consider:
Will an Emperor live like a beggar?
Is it befitting for those who are clothed in scarlet–to wallow in the mire?
Am I born of God–and shall I live like a beast?
Has God raised my soul to the purest excellencies–and shall I stain my dignity with the world’s filth?
May I feed upon Christ–and shall I feed upon empty vanities?
Shall I who am to judge the world–be a drudge to the world?
Has Christ prepared for me a mansion in the heavens–and shall I be groveling in earthly mire?
Am I a child of light–and shall I commit the works of darkness?
No! I am born to greater and higher things–than to be a slave to lust, and a drudge to the world!