We should travel on as a way of obedience to all God’s commands, even the difficult, as well as the easy, commands. We should travel on in a way of self-denial, denying all our sinful inclinations and interests. The way to heaven is ascending; we must be content to travel up hill, though it be hard, and tiresome, and contrary to the natural tendency and bias of our flesh, that tends downward to the earth. We should follow Christ in the path that he has gone; the way that be traveled in was the right way to beaven. We should take up our cross and follow him. We should travel along in the same way of meekness and lowliness of heart, in the same way of obedience, and charity, and diligence to do good, and patience under afflictions.
-Jonathan Edwards, Sermons and Discourses, 1730-1733. As recorded in Owen Strachan, “Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards,” 180.