Hello everyone – it’s been a while!
I recently read a book of essays, sermons of the great Charles Spurgeon that where faithfully and studiously put together in a book called The Silent Shades of Sorrow. I highly recommend this book, it will challenge and build you as you walk your road towards the person God has called you to be.
While reading I felt a lingering suspicion that these old guys caught something that we have either dropped or simply forgotten. It could be just the way they said it or maybe they knew something we don’t – whatever the case tapping into their ministry is an investment that will yield a certain return.
An excerpt to illustrate my point:
“I charge you by His wounded feet – run to His help! I charge you by the scar on His side – give Him your heart! I charge you by the sacred head once pierced with thorns – yield Him your thoughts! I charge you by the shoulders which bore the scourges – bend your whole strength to His service! I charge you by Himself give Him yourself! I charge you by the left hand which has been under your head, and the right hand which has embraced you, by the roes and banquets of love, render yourself, your heart, your soul, your strength to Him! Live in His service, and die in His service! Lay not down you harness, but work on as long as you shall live. While you live let this be your motto- “All for Jesus, all for Jesus; all for the Man of Sorrows, all for the Man of Sorrows!”
I can’t begin to weight or measure the height and depth of these words and their significance.
He goes on…
“O you that love Him and fight for Him, you are summoned to the front! Hasten to the conflict, I pray you, and charge home for the “Man of Sorrows!” Make this your battle cry today! Slink not back like cowards! Flee not to you homes as lovers of ease, but press to the front for the “Man of Sorrows,” like good men, and true. By the Cross which bore Him, and by the heavy Cross He bore; by His death agony, and by the agony of His life, I cry, “Forward, for the Man of Sorrows!” Write this word, “For the Man of Sorrows,” on your own bodies, wherein you bear the marks of the Lord Jesus! Brand, if not in you flesh, yet in your souls, for from now on you are servant of the Man of Sorrows!”
I don’t know about you but this seems like a good place to start the New Year and committing to this charge I may learn to know what Spurgeon Knew.