Morning, April 6, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.”— Hebrews 13:13

Jesus, bearing his cross, went forth to suffer outside the gate. The Christian’s reason for leaving the camp of the world’s sin and religion is not because he loves to be unconventional, but because Jesus did so; and the disciple must follow his Master. Christ was “not of the world:” his life and his testimony were a constant protest against conformity with the world. There was never such overflowing affection for men as you find in him; but still he was distinct from sinners. In like manner Christ’s people must “go out to him.” They must take their position “outside the camp,” bearing witness for the truth. They must be prepared to tread the straight and narrow path. They must have bold, unflinching, lion-like hearts, loving Christ first, and his truth next, and Christ and his truth beyond all the world. Jesus would have his people “go out to Him outside the camp” for their own sanctification. You cannot grow in grace to any high degree while you are conformed to the world. The life of separation may be a path of sorrow, but it is the highway of safety; and though the separated life may cost you much pain, and make every day a battle, it is yet a happy life, after all. No joy can excel that given to the soldier of Christ: Jesus reveals himself so graciously, and gives such sweet refreshment, that the warrior feels more calm and peace in his daily strife than others in their hours of rest. The highway of holiness is the highway of communion. It is in this way we shall hope to win the crown if we are enabled by divine grace faithfully to follow Christ “outside the camp.” The crown of glory will follow the cross of separation. A moment’s shame will be well recompensed by eternal honor; a little while of bearing witness will seem nothing when we are “forever with the Lord.”