I have a real fondness for the Puritans. They got so many things right that we moderns need to learn. If you haven’t read The Worldly Saints by Leland Ryken, then I recommend it to you as a great place to start to learn about these remarkable people.
Take for example this quote by Richard Sibbes: â€œWorldly things are good in themselves and given to sweeten our passage to Heavenâ€ (p. 59). You don’t hear too many Christians today saying that worldly things are good in themselves. We either feel guilty for owning the world’s goods, or we justify owning them as long as we don’t get too much enjoyment from them. The Puritans were not afraid of the world; they knew full well that Jesus is Lord of all.
I particularly like the way this is put, that possessions are given to us by God to sweeten our passage. My wonderful big soft bed certainly sweetens my passage. And my car has a button I can push to warm up the seat (a very sweet deal on cold winter mornings). My coffee maker will grind the beans if I want it to. And my shower is just glorious. Not only does God give us these unmerited blessings, He likes us to enjoy them.