Spurgeon on the Ministry and Trials

September 28, 2006

A friend of mine, and a faithful pastor, Tom Myers, recently read these words of Spurgeon to me by way of encouragement. No, I’m not discouraged! Nor am I in a season of trial (though I’ve seen my share and have so far lived to tell it). But these thoughts were encouraging to meditate on nevertheless. So, I pass along Spurgeon’s wise, pastoral words for your edification and encouragement – something that all Gospel ministers need!

“I know that, whenever God chooses a man for the ministry, and means to make him useful, if that man hopes to have an easy life of it, he will be the most disappointed mortal in the world. From the day when God calls him to be one of his captains, and says to him, “See I have made thee to be a leader of the hosts of Israel,” he must accept all that his commission includes, even if that involves a sevenfold measure of abuse, misrepresentation, and slander. We need greater soul-exercise than any of our flock, or else we shall not keep ahead of them. We shall not be able to teach others unless God thus teaches us. We must have fellowship with Christ in suffering as well as fellowship in faith. Still, with all its drawbacks, it is a blessed service, and we would not retire from it. Did we not accept all this with our commission? Then we should be cowards and deserters if we were to turn back. These castings down of the spirit are part of our calling. If you are to be a good soldier of Jesus Christ, you must endure hardness. You will have to lie in the trenches, sometimes, with a bullet lodged here or there, with a sabre-cut on your forehead, or an arm or a leg shot away; where there is war, there must be wounds, and there must be war where there is to be victory.” (C. H. Spurgeon)


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