We all have a natural tendency to seek our own well-being. Yet we are most ignorant of the source from which all such benefits proceed. For the only true source of happiness is in the knowledge that God loves us and that we are his children.
Without this knowledge, all the prosperity in the world is of no value to us; moreover, it is likely to do us harm. For until such time as God accepts us by his grace, we are all under his curse, and the good things that we receive from his hand will cost us very dear. They do not belong to us until we become members of God’s family.
Therefore, above all else we must seek to be acceptable to God, and to have assurance that we are part of his household – the church.