Evening, October 20, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Do not hold back.” — Isaiah 43:6
Although this message was sent to the south, and referred to the seed of Israel, it may profitably be a summons to ourselves. We tend to move backward naturally from all good things, and it is a lesson of grace to learn to go forward in the ways of God. Reader, are you unconverted, but do you desire to trust in the Lord Jesus? Then do not hold back. Love invites you, the promises secure you success, the precious blood prepares the way. Do not let sins or fears hinder you, but come to Jesus just as you are. Do you long to pray? Would you pour out your heart before the Lord? Do not hold back. The mercy-seat is prepared for those such as you that need mercy; a sinner’s cries will prevail with God. You are invited — indeed, you are commanded — to pray; come therefore with boldness to the throne of grace.
Dear friend, are you already saved? Then do not hold back from union with the Lord’s people. Do not neglect the decrees of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. You may be of a timid disposition, but you must strive against it, so as not to have it lead you into disobedience. There is a precious promise made to those who confess Christ–by no means miss it, so as not to have you come under the condemnation of those who deny him. If you have talents do not hold back from using them. Do not hoard your wealth, do not waste your time; do not let your abilities rust or your influence be unused. Jesus did not hold back; imitate him by being foremost in self-denial and self-sacrifice. Do not hold back from close communion with God, from boldly seizing covenant blessings, from advancing in the divine life, from prying into the precious mysteries of the love of Christ. Neither, beloved friend, be guilty of keeping others back by your coldness, harshness, or suspicion. For Jesus’ sake go forward yourself, and encourage others to do the like. Hell and the besieging bands of superstition and infidelity are leaning forward into the fight. O soldiers of the cross, do not hold back.