Morning, October 20, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“We are to grow up in all aspects into Him.” – Ephesians 4:15

Many Christians remain stunted and dwarfed in spiritual things, so much as to present the same appearance year after year. No welling up of progressed and refined feeling is evident in them. They exist but do not “grow up into him in all aspects.” But should we rest content with being in the “green blade,” when we might advance to “the ear,” and eventually ripen into the “full corn in the ear?” Should we be satisfied to believe in Christ, and to say, “I am safe,” without wishing to know in our own experience more of the fullness which is to be found in him?

It should not be so; we should, as good traders in heaven’s market, desire to be enriched in the knowledge of Jesus. It is all very well to care for other men’s vineyards, but we must not neglect our own spiritual growth and ripening. Why should it always be winter time in our hearts? We must have our sowing time, it is true, but oh, for a spring time–yes, a summer season, which shall give promise of an early harvest. If we would ripen in grace, we must live near to Jesus–in his presence–ripened by the sunshine of his smile. We must have precious communion with him. We must forsake a distant view of his face and come near, as John did, and rest our head on his breast; then shall we find ourselves advancing in holiness, in love, in faith, in hope–yes, in every precious gift. As the sun rises first on mountain-tops and gilds them with its light, and presents one of the most charming sights to the eye of the traveler, so is it one of the most delightful contemplations in the world to mark the glow of the Spirit’s light on the head of some saint, who has risen up in spiritual stature, like Saul, above his companions, until, like a mighty Alp, snow-capped, he reflects first among the chosen, the beams of the Sun of Righteousness, and bears the sheen of his radiant splendor high aloft for all to see, and seeing it, to glorify his Father which is in heaven.