The Most Benefit from the Means of Grace

Another gem from George Swinnock:

Reader, remember thine errand at ordinances is to get grace. Thou hast God’s promise to them, and His power and faithfulness, both engaged for its performance; and it is thy fault and folly if thou goest hungry from a full table, and empty from a free and large treasure. Be as wise for thy soul as others are for their bodies. The country tradesman wants commodities; he goeth to London, where is a merchant that hath variety and abundance; when he comes there, he doth not spend his time in seeing fashions and visiting friends, but in going to this and that warehouse as his occasions require to buy wares; and you see sometimes what considerable quantities he sends home. Go thou and do likewise. Thou complainest that thou wantest grace: go to Christ, who hath variety and sufficiency for thy supply; but do not go to see men, or to be seen of men, but to see God, and to be transformed into His likeness; go to this and that duty as shops (where Christ sits and sells), “and buy wine and milk without money and without price.” Little dost thou know, were this but thy business, how certainly, how liberally He would satisfy thee! Why should the tradesman be a better husband for corruptible wares than thou art for durable riches? Alas, alas, Christ is more willing to sell than thou canst be to buy; to give, than thou art to ask.