A Word From Spurgeon

I normally would not post a quote this long, but I read this in Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening the other night and have been thinking about his words since. I printed the quote out also to put on the fridge so I don’t forget. This is one to think about:

“Dear friend, are you already saved? Then keep not back from union with the Lord’s people. Neglect not the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. You may be of a timid disposition, but you must strive against it, lest it lead you into disobedience. There is a sweet promise made to those who confess Christ-by no means miss it, lest you come under the condemnation of those who deny him.

If you have talents keep not back from using them. Hoard not your wealth, waste not your time; let not your abilities rust or your influence be unused. Jesus kept not back, imitate him by being foremost in self-denials and self-sacrifices. Keep not back from close communion with God, from boldly appropriating covenant blessings, from advancing in the divine life, from prying into the precious mysteries of the love of Christ. Neither, beloved friend, be guilty of keeping others back by your coldness, harshness, or suspicions.

For Jesus’ sake go forward yourself, and encourage others to do the like. Hell and the leaguered bands of superstition and infidelity are forward to the fight. O soldiers of the cross, keep not back.”

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4 responses to “A Word From Spurgeon

  1. “You may be of a timid disposition, but you must strive against it, lest it lead you into disobedience….If you have talents keep not back from using them…Hoard not your wealth, waste not your time; let not your abilities rust or your influence be unused.”

    Hmm…this stuck a chord with me this morning. You know I have been working for my church for about a month now. I had my first review on Thursday. His only words for me were “Don’t be timid. You have a voice here. Use it.” I have been timid in sharing my ideas or thoughts because I think I have nothing to offer. They are trained and have it down to a science and I am just…Thanks for posting this today. I needed to hear it.

  2. I’ve felt many of the same things of late Chrystie. There are always offers in my church to serve and many times I (foolishly) think that since I don’t have experience in certain areas, it would be better to just wait until something at my “level” comes along – you know, something that even Joe can handle. But at what point do we trust God and let Him guide us past these uncertain feelings ? This waiting of mine doesn’t help the church or me or, most importantly, God.

    Take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone in this. The church you work at will benefit greatly from your voice and experience I’m sure. I’ll continue to pray for you sister 🙂

    Thanks so much for visiting today Chrystie…I always welcome your insights !

  3. That timid thing …. ouch.

  4. Prudence Ramos

    We all have something to offer, but the hard part is overcoming our own insecurities and comparisons to those around us. Thank you for this quote, it encourages me in taking that step that God has already been telling me I need to take.

    God bless you!

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