Has Christ the highest place in your heart and affections?
All things must come to their perfection by degrees. The strongest man must first be a child. The greatest scholar must first begin with the alphabet. The tallest oak was once an acorn. This life is our infancy. Would we be perfect in the womb, or born at full stature? If our rest was here, most of God’s providence’s would be useless…if we were happy, innocent and perfect, what use was their for the glorious work of our sanctification, justification, and future salvation? If we lacked nothing, we would not depend on God so closely, nor call upon him so earnestly.
–Richard Baxter, “The Saints everlasting Rest”