Thomas Watson - Violence for Heaven our business, “one thing is needful”.

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From “Heaven Taken By Storm” page 125 (available from Northampton Press and Reformation Heritage Books)..

“If you would be violent for heaven, be sure you make going to heaven your business.

What a man looks on as an indifference, or a thing by the bye, he will never be violent for; but that which he makes his business, he will be industrious about. A man looks upon his trade as the only thing to get a livelihood by, and he follows it closely. So if we would but look upon religion as the main business wherein our salvation is concerned, we would be violent in it.
Luke 10:42: “But one thing is needful.” This is the one thing, to get Christ and heaven; this is the end we came into the world for. If we could thus look upon the things of eternity as our business, the one thing, how earnest would we be in the pursuit of them.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.
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