You may do anything which you would not be ashamed to be doing when Christ shall come. You may do anything which you would not blush to be found doing if the hand of death should smite you; but if you would dread to die in any spot, go not there; if you would not wish to enter the presence of your God with such-and-such a word upon your lip, utter not that word; or if there would be a thought that would be uncongenial to the judgment-day, seek not to think that thought. So act that you may feel you can take your shroud with you wherever you go.
Brethren, saints are prepared to go before they go. Our Lord does not pluck his fruit
unwisely. Foolish people may tear the green apples from the tree with a pull and a
wrench, and bruise them as they throw them into the basket; but our Lord values his
fruit, and so he waits until it is quite ripe, and then he gathers it tenderly. When he puts forth his hand, the fruit bows down to it, and parts from the bough without a
strain. When the believer comes to die, it will not be to an end which he feared, but
to an end which he expected.