The inquiry of the soul is after that which is most excellent. The carnal soul imagines that worldly things are excellent; one thinks riches most excellent, another has the highest esteem of honor, and to another carnal pleasure has appears the most excellent; but the soul cannot find contentment in any of these things, because it soon finds an end to their excellency. Worldly men imagine that there is true excellency and true happiness in those things which they are pursuing. They think that if they could but obtain them, they should be happy; and when they obtain them, and cannot find happiness, they look for happiness in something else, and are still upon the pursuit.
But Christ Jesus has true excellency, and so great excellency, that when they come to see it they look no further, but the mind rests there. It sees a transcendent glory and an ineffable sweetness in him; it sees that till not it has been pursuing shadows, but that now it has found the substance; that before it had been seeking happiness in the stream, but that now it has found the ocean.The excellency of Christ is an object adequate to the natural craving of the soul, and is sufficient to fill the capacity.
from “Safety, Fullness, and Sweet Refreshment in Christ” by Jonathan Edwards