Evening, January 12, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“There is yet more to be said in God’s behalf. — Job 36:2
We should not court publicity for our virtue, or notoriety for our passion; but, at the same time, it is a sin to be always seeking to hide that which God has bestowed upon us for the good of others. A Christian is not to be a village in a valley, but “a city set upon a hill.” He is not to be a candle under a bushel, but a candle in a candlestick, giving light to all. Retirement may be lovely in its season, and to hide one’s self is doubtless modest, but the hiding of Christ in us can never be justified, and keeping the our precious truth back is a sin against others and an offence against God.
If you are of a anxious temperament and of reticent disposition, take care that you do not indulge too much this trembling inclination, so as not to be useless to the church. Seek in the name of him who was not ashamed of you, to do some small brutality to your feelings, and tell to others what Christ has told to you. If you cannot speak with trumpeting tongue, use the still small voice. If the pulpit must not gain your audience, if the press may not carry on its wings your words, yet say with Peter and John, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have I give you.” By Sychar’s well talk to the Samaritan woman, if you cannot not preach a sermon on the mountain; utter the praises of Jesus in the house, if not in the temple; in the field, if not in the marketplace; in the midst of your own household, if you cannot not in the midst of the great family of man. From the hidden springs within let sweetly flowing rivulets of testimony flow forth, giving drink to every passerby. Do not hide your talent; make trades with it; and you shall bring in good interest to your Lord and Master. To speak for God will be refreshing to ourselves, cheering to believers, useful to sinners, and honoring to the Savior. Mute children are a burden to their parents. Lord, unloose all your children’s tongues.