Excerpted from Holiness, by J. C. Ryle
Finally, if we love a person, we like to be always with him. Thinking and hearing and reading and occasionally talking are all well in their way. But when we really love people we want something more. We long to be always in their company. We wish to be continually in their society, and to hold communion with them without interruption or farewell.
Well, it is just so between the true Christian and Christ! The heart of a true Christian longs for that blessed day when he will see his Master face to face, and go out no more. He longs to have done with sinning and repenting and believing and to begin that endless life when he shall see as he has been seen, and sin no more. He has found it sweet to live by faith, and he feels it will be sweeter still to live by sight. He has found it pleasant to hear of Christ and talk of Christ and read of Christ. How much more pleasant will it be to see Christ with his own eyes, and never to leave him any more! ‘Better,’ he feels, ‘is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire’ (Ecclesiastes 6:9). And why is all this? Simply because he loves Him.
Ryle, J. C.. Holiness (Kindle Locations 5079-5086). Heritage Bible Fellowship. Kindle Edition.