Think seriously how Christ, and His apostles, the holiest servants in all ages spent their time. They spent it in praying, and preaching, and holy conference, and in doing good, and in the works of their outward callings in subserviency to these: but not in cards, or dice, or dancing, or stage-plays, or pampering the flesh, nor in the pursuit of the profits and honors of the world. I read where Christ spent “all night praying” but not where He spent an hour playing. . . . And therefore if Christ and His holy servants were sparing of their time, and spent it in works of holiness and obedience, have not you greater need to do so than they?
- Richard Baxter
1615 – 1691