When people talk this way, it is clear they are looking for a place to call their own. If they had been talking about the land where they had once lived , they could have gone back at any time . But they were looking forward to a better home in heaven.
Hebrews 11. 14 - 16
The imitation of Christ has a rival in sales it is Pilgrims Progress written by John Bunyan. On November 12 , 1660, Bunyan left home to conduct a small worship service in a friend's house. Earlier that year King Charles II of England . His Bible clutched to breast , had returned from exile to restore the monarchy and to return the church of England to Ir's position of authority . All non - Anglican houses of worship were closed , making Bunyan 's preaching of the gospel now treasonous.
Arriving at the farmhouse , Bunyan that a warrant had been issued for his arrest . His friends urged flight. " No " he replied " I will not stir neither have the meeting dismissed . Let me not be disunited . To preach God's word is so good a work soon disrupted by the local constable and Bunyan managed only a few parting words before being arrested . He spent the next twelve years imprisoned in Bedford , England during which rime his family suffered and his beloved blind daughter Mary passed away.
Bunyan supported his family by making laces in an prison , but shortly he discovered a hidden gift --- the ability to write. His fame as an imprisoned writer fueled sales of his books and he eventually wrote sixty volumes , one every year he lived. His most famous work , written during the final phase of incarceration is Pilgrim Progress. It sold one hundred thousand copies during Banyan lifetime and million since. It joins The Imitian Of Christ in being publishing history 's top best seller , apart from scripture.
Bunyan spent his final days in his little cottage in Bedford , where visitors often found him studying his library consisting only of a Bible and some of his own works . On his deathbed , battling high fervor , Bunyan rambled in tortured , factored words , but even these were collected and published as Mr Bunyan Dying Sayings. They include this one " The spirit of prayer is more precious than treasure of gold and silver. Pray often , for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God and a scourge for Satan.