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"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11

 No sweat! -watson

[b]No sweat![/b]

(Thomas Watson, "The Christian's Charter")

"Man is born to trouble!" He is the natural heir to it. We
run the race of life on the track of misery! We go from
one suffering--to another. We never finish our troubles;
but merely change them. Where the body is, there will
afflictions like vultures be gathered together. Afflictions,
like hard frosts, nip the tender buds of our comfort. But
in heaven, God "will wipe every tear from their eyes.
There will be no more death or mourning or crying
or pain!" Revelation 21:4

In this life, the body is infirm; physicians have much work
to repair it and keep it going! How does a holy soul often
lodge in a sickly or deformed body! But this body shall be
made glorious at the resurrection! It shall have neither
diseases nor defects! Leah shall no more complain of her
bleary eyes; nor Barzillai of his lameness.

In heaven, our bodies shall be free from the burdens of
nature--such as labor and sweating. There will be no more
ploughing or sowing--what is the need of that--when the
saints shall receive the full crop of joy?

When the farmer works in the field, he needs his rake,
his spade, etc. But let this same farmer is advanced to
the throne--now he has no more use for the spade; he
is freed from all those labors!

So though now we must "eat our bread with the sweat
of our brows;" yet when we are in heaven, and shall be
advanced to the throne--there will be no more need of
our working tools! Labor shall cease! Our sweat, as
well as our tears--shall be dried up!

"Write this down: Blessed are those who die in the
Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they are
blessed indeed, for they will rest from all their
toils and trials!" Revelation 14:13

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