Jake Walker | Category: Mission
While reading Charles Spurgeon’s book Lectures to My Students, I was struck at his passion to see unbelievers saved. Spurgeon says, “Our great object of glorifying God is, however, to be mainly achieved by the winning of souls. We must see souls born into God. If we do not, our cry should be that of Rachel ‘Give me children, or I die’" (pg 265). I was convicted, yet encouraged, to learn from Spurgeon’s passionate, though humble approach to seeing the lost come to Christ.
Spurgeon calls Christians to weep for the lost, “The ambassadors of peace should not cease to weep bitterly until sinners weep for their sins" (pg 266). We see examples like this in Scripture, such as Paul pleading with his Jewish brothers in Romans 9:1-3, and Jesus weeping over Jerusalem in Luke 13:31-34.
At the same time, Spurgeon did not water down the gospel; he called us to share the depravity of man, the certainty of punishment, the atonement, justification by faith, and the love of God in Jesus Christ. On the other hand, we must guard against what Spurgeon refers to as cold theology, “A system which cannot touch the outside world, but must leave arousing and converting work to others, whom it judges to be unsound, writes its own condemnation: (pg 275). A theology that is Biblically lived out will be shared truthfully, gracefully, and humbly with our family, friends, neighbors, and city in both word and deed. Words are needed to communicate the gospel, but deeds are needed show the fruit of the gospel.
I was greatly convicted after reading Spurgeon’s thoughts on reaching the lost, but it is just what I needed to hear. The truth is that there are people all around us who are made in the image of God who remain lost and need Jesus. Be encouraged because Jesus says, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest’” (Matthew 9:36-38, ESV). Let us plead to God in prayer to save unbelievers, plead with each other to labor for the gospel, and plead with unbelievers to come to Christ. As Spurgeon says, “Brethren, we must plead" (pg 273).
*C. H. Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students: Addresses Delivered to the Students of the Pastors’ College, Metropolitan Tabernacle. Second Series., vol. 2 (New York: Robert Carter and Brothers, 1889), 265.
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