Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon – 16th March

“Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” / 2 Timothy 2:1

Christ has grace without measure in himself, but he hath not retained it for
himself. As the reservoir empties itself into the pipes, so hath Christ
emptied out his grace for his people. “Of his fulness have all we received,
and grace for grace.” He seems only to have in order to dispense to us. He
stands like the fountain, always flowing, but only running in order to supply
the empty pitchers and the thirsty lips which draw nigh unto it. Like a tree,
he bears sweet fruit, not to hang on boughs, but to be gathered by those who
need. Grace, whether its work be to pardon, to cleanse, to preserve, to
strengthen, to enlighten, to quicken, or to restore, is ever to be had from
him freely and without price; nor is there one form of the work of grace which
he has not bestowed upon his people. As the blood of the body, though flowing
from the heart, belongs equally to every member, so the influences of grace
are the inheritance of every saint united to the Lamb; and herein there is a
sweet communion between Christ and his Church, inasmuch as they both receive
the same grace. Christ is the head upon which the oil is first poured; but the
same oil runs to the very skirts of the garments, so that the meanest saint
has an unction of the same costly moisture as that which fell upon the head.
This is true communion when the sap of grace flows from the stem to the
branch, and when it is perceived that the stem itself is sustained by the very
nourishment which feeds the branch. As we day by day receive grace from Jesus,
and more constantly recognize it as coming from him, we shall behold him in
communion with us, and enjoy the felicity of communion with him. Let us make
daily use of our riches, and ever repair to him as to our own Lord in
covenant, taking from him the supply of all we need with as much boldness as
men take money from their own purse.

“He did it with all his heart and prospered.” / 2 Chronicles 31:21

This is no unusual occurrence; it is the general rule of the moral universe
that those men prosper who do their work with all their hearts, while those
are almost certain to fail who go to their labour leaving half their hearts
behind them. God does not give harvests to idle men except harvests of
thistles, nor is he pleased to send wealth to those who will not dig in the
field to find its hid treasure. It is universally confessed that if a man
would prosper, he must be diligent in business. It is the same in religion as
it is in other things. If you would prosper in your work for Jesus, let it be
heart work, and let it be done with all your heart. Put as much force, energy,
heartiness, and earnestness into religion as ever you do into business, for it
deserves far more. The Holy Spirit helps our infirmities, but he does not
encourage our idleness; he loves active believers. Who are the most useful men
in the Christian church? The men who do what they undertake for God with all
their hearts. Who are the most successful Sabbath-school teachers? The most
talented? No; the most zealous; the men whose hearts are on fire, those are
the men who see their Lord riding forth prosperously in the majesty of his
salvation. Whole-heartedness shows itself in perseverance; there may be
failure at first, but the earnest worker will say, “It is the Lord’s work, and
it must be done; my Lord has bidden me do it, and in his strength I will
accomplish it.” Christian, art thou thus “with all thine heart” serving thy
Master? Remember the earnestness of Jesus! Think what heart-work was his! He
could say, “The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.” When he sweat great
drops of blood, it was no light burden he had to carry upon those blessed
shoulders; and when he poured out his heart, it was no weak effort he was
making for the salvation of his people. Was Jesus in earnest, and are we

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