The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

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A friend of mine with a grim affliction is feeling the progress of the disease in his body. He writes with this stirring reminder from Charles Spurgeon:

If I have any message to give from my own bed of sickness it would be this—if you do not wish to be full of regrets when you are obliged to lie still, work while you can. If you desire to make a sick bed as soft as it can be, do not stuff it with the mournful reflection that you wasted time while you were in health and strength. People said to me years ago, “You will break your constitution down with preaching ten times a week,” and the like. Well, if I have done so, I am glad of it. I would do the same again. If I had fifty constitutions I would rejoice to break them down in the service of the Lord Jesus Christ. You young men that are strong, overcome the wicked one and fight for the Lord while you can. You will never regret having done all that lies in you for our blessed Lord and Master. Crowd as much as you can into every day, and postpone no work till to-morrow. “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might” (Ecc 9:10).

I don’t think Spurgeon is recommending a foolish lack of stewardship of the body (and should not be read as if he were) but rather an undaunted and sacrificial spirit in the service of God.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Tuesday 7 February 2012 at 09:38

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