Charles H. Spurgeon (1834 – 1892), my old old friend. It’s been a while since I read him, refreshed my mind and challenged my heart to meet the old wise preacher and friend. He taught me to love the Scripture. He pointed me to the Lord. His favourite is the grace of God. Spurgeon always emphasised God’s truth by saying that only by faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ that we can be forgiven and return to the loving Father. Joy, love and peace. But, he also pointed out that saving-faith and love of God will produce fruit of the spirit. “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action,” writes James, “is dead” (2:14). Spurgeon encouraged us:
“Show Him a proof of you love, and the best proof you can give is you own personal holiness and persevering effort to gather in His redeemed. Brother, sister, do something for Jesus. Do not talk about it; do it. Words are leaves; actions are fruits. Do something for Jesus; do something for Jesus today! Ere the sun goes down, think of some one action that may tend to the conversion of some one person, and do it with your might; let the object of the effort be your child, your servant, your brother, your friend – but do make the effort today.
Having done it today, do it tomorrow, and every day, and doing it in one way, do it another; and doing it in one state of heart, do it in another. Let your joy enchant; let your sorrow arouse; let your hope attract; let your changeful moods help you to attract sinners from different quarters, as your varying circumstances bring you into contact with differing persons. Be always awake. Turn yourself about as a gun on a swivel to reach persons who are found in any direction, so that some may fall wounded by the gospel’s power. By all means, save some. God grant it may be so.”
Oh yes, do something for Jesus.
Real-faith will produce actions.
Actions may spark faith and repentance.
Only God can save, but yeah, do something for Jesus.
Yes Lord, I’m doing something today. I’m writing this. Amen.
THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.