Evening, August 25, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“If you believe with all your heart, you may.” — Acts 8:37
These words may answer your misgivings, devout reader, concerning following the scriptural instructions. Perhaps you say, “I should be reluctant to be baptized; it is such a solemn thing to make my vow to be dead with Christ, and buried with him. I should not feel at liberty to come to the Master’s table; I should be concerned about eating and drinking condemnation to myself, not rightly judging the Lord’s body.” Ah! Poor nervous one, Jesus has given you liberty, don’t be afraid. If a stranger came to your house, he would stand at the door, or wait in the hall; he would not dream of intruding uninvited into your living room–he is not at home… but your child makes himself very free about the house; and so is it with the child of God. A stranger may not intrude where a child may venture. When the Holy Spirit has allowed you to feel the spirit of adoption, you may come to participate in Christian practices without fear. The same rule holds good of the Christian’s inward privileges. You think, poor seeker, that you are not allowed to rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory; if you are permitted to get barely inside Christ’s door, or sit at the bottom of his table, you will be content with that. Ah! But you shall not have less privilege than the very greatest. God makes no difference in his love to his children. A child is a child to him; he will not make him a hired servant; but he shall feast upon the fatted calf, and shall have the music and the dancing as much as if he had never gone astray. When Jesus comes into the heart, he issues the general freedom to be glad in the Lord. No chains are worn in the court of King Jesus. Our admission into full privileges may be gradual, but it is sure. Perhaps our reader is saying, “I wish I could enjoy the promises, and walk at liberty in my Lord’s commands.” “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” Loose the chains off your neck, Oh captive daughter, for Jesus makes you free.