While the Pastor’s away (Part 2)

From Charles Spurgeon:

Our Ultimate Inheritance

He will choose our inheritance for us. (Psalm 47:4 KJV)

Believer, if your inheritance is a lowly one, you should be satisfied with your earthly portion, for you may rest assured that it is the fittest for you.  Unerring wisdom ordained your lot and selected for you the safest and best condition.  A large ship is to be brought up the river; now in one part of the stream there is a sandbank.  Should someone ask, “Why does the captain steer through the deep part of the channel and deviate so much from a straight line?” his answer would be, “Because I could not get my vessel into harbor at all if I did not keep to the deep channel.”  So, it may be, you would run aground and suffer shipwreck if your divine Captain did not steer you into the depths of affliction where waves of trouble follow each other in quick succession.  Some plants die if they have too much sunshine. It may be that you are planted where you get but little; you are put there by the loving Husbandman because only in that situation will you bring forth fruit unto perfection.  Had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there.  You are placed by God in the most suitable circumstances.  Take up your own daily cross; it is the burden best suited for your shoulder and will prove most effective to make you perfect in every good word and work the glory of God.

While the Pastor’s Away (Part 1)

This week I am in Minneapolis for the Desiring God Pastor’s Conference.  I have limited internet access and limited time to write, so I’ve scheduled the next three days posts in advance. I thought in my absence you might benefit from a couple of devotions from Charles Spurgeon.

The Door

“I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” (John 10:9 KJV)

Jesus, the great I AM, is the entrance into the true church and the way access to God Himself.  He gives to the man who comes to God by Him four choice privileges.

  1. He shall be saved.  Entrance through Jesus into peace is the guarantee of entrance by the same door into heaven.  Jesus is the only door, an open door, a wide door, a safe door; and blessed is he who rests all his hope of admission to glory upon the crucified Redeemer.
  2. He shall go in.  He shall go in among the divine family, participating in all their honors and enjoyments.  He shall go in to the chambers of communion, to the banquets of love, to the treasures of the covenant, to the storehouses of the promises. He shall go in unto the King of kings in the power of the Holy Spirit.
  3. He shall go out.  We go out into the world to labor and suffer, but what a mercy to go in the name and power fo Jesus!  We are called to bear witness to the truth, to cheer the disconsolate, to warn the careless, to win souls, and to glorify God.
  4. He shall find pasture.  He who knows Jesus shall never want.  Having made Jesus his all, he shall find all in Jesus.  His soul shall be as a watered garden and as a well of water whose waters fail not.
About Spurgeon: Charles Spurgeon (June 19, 1834 – January 31, 1892), is considered the most widely read preacher in history, excluding those of the Bible.  He preached his first sermon at the age of sixteen, and by age twenty had delivered over six hundred sermons.  Throughout his lifetime, he preached to over ten million people.
This godly pastor was well acquainted with hardship.  He endured personal and family illness, as well as the enormous task of leading a church whose congregation also faced numerous difficulties.  Spurgeon did not merely instruct his listeners to ask God for the power to withstand adversity, however; he was a living testimony of one who relied on God to be his strength.  Missionary David Livingstone once inquired, “How do you manage to do two men’s work in a single day?”  Spurgeon answered, “You have forgotten that there are two of us.” (Strength for Today, Barbour Publishing Co)