[b]But now the tune is changed[/b](Joseph Alleine, "Alarm to the Unconverted" 1671)Conversion turns the bent of the affections. These allrun in a new channel. Christ is now his hope. This is hisprize. Here his eye is--here his heart. He is content to cast all overboard, as the merchant in the storm about to perish--so that he may but keep this jewel.The first of his desires is not after gold--but grace. He hungers for it, he seeks it as silver, he digs for it as for hidden treasure. He had rather be gracious than great. He had rather be the holiest man on earth than the most learned, the most famous, the most prosperous. While carnal, he said, 'O if I were but in great esteem, rolling in wealth, and swimming in pleasure--then I would be a happy man!' But now the tune is changed. 'Oh!' says the convert, 'if I had but my corruptions subdued, if I had such a measure of grace, and fellowship with God--though I were poor and despised, I would not care, I would account myself a blessed man!' Reader, is this the language of your soul?
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