Morning & Evening Daily Devotional Reading– October 19
by Charles H. Spurgeon, Revised and Edited by William C. Neff
“Babies in Christ.”
—I Corinthians 3:1
Are you a troubled Christian because you are so weak in the divine life– because your faith is so little, your love so feeble? Cheer up, for you have cause for gratitude.
Always remember that in some things you are equal to the greatest and most full-grown Christian. You have been bought by Christ as much as the most seasoned saint. You are as much an adopted child of God as any other believer. An infant is as truly a child of its parents as is the full-grown man. God has declared you completely righteous in His eyes, so you can’t become any more so. Even your little faith has made you clean. You have as much right to the precious things of the covenant as the most advanced believers. Your right to covenant mercies doesn’t lie in your growth, but in the covenant itself; and your faith in Jesus is not the measure– but the token– of your inheritance in Him.
You are as rich as the richest Christian! You may not be enjoying your riches as you should, but you possess them. In the Book of Life the names of both the small and the great are written with the same pen. You are as dear to your Father’s heart as the greatest in the family. Jesus treats you very tenderly. You are like a smoking fire. A rougher spirit would say, “put out that smoking fire; it’s stinking up the room!” But the Lord will not put out the smoldering fire; instead, He will fan you into flame. You may be like a bruised reed, and a less tender hand than that of the Chief Musician would walk on you or throw you away, but God will never do it.
Instead of being downcast by thinking of what you are, you should triumph in Christ. I may be insignificant among God’s people, but in Christ I am made to sit in heavenly places. Am I poor in faith? Still in Jesus I am heir of all things. Though I am “less than nothing,” I can brag and confess that the Lord has begun His work in me. I will rejoice in the Lord and glory in the God of my salvation. [M&E]