From “Our Lord’s Question to the Blind Men” by Charles Spurgeon
Sinners are not half as sensible as sparrows. David said in one of the psalms, “I watch and am as a sparrow alone upon the housetop.” Well, have you noticed the sparrow? He keeps his eyes open and the moment he sees a grain of wheat or anything to eat down in the road, he flies to get it. I never knew him wait for someone to invite him, much less to beg and beseech him to come and feed. He sees the food and he says to himself, “Here is a hungry sparrow and there is a piece of bread. Those two things go well together—they shall not be long apart.” Down he flies and eats up all he can find as fast as he finds it. Oh, if you had half the sense of the sparrow, you would say, “Here is a guilty sinner and there is a precious Savior. These two things go well together—they shall not be long apart. I believe in Jesus and Jesus is mine.”
What is it that keeps us from doing this?! For 34 years, I thought I knew everything that I needed to know. I had problems and struggled, but I also came out on the other side of each trial, thinking that the only reason I made it through was because of my growing personal strength. After all, I did successfully make it through, didn’t I? My bootstraps had been pulled up, and I went on doing things the way I always had without regard for an ultimate authority.
Perhaps, this is why I eventually had to suffer an extremely difficult trial in order to be brought low enough to recognize that I wasn’t all-powerful and wise. Once I was low – humbled – I could see that I had been sinning all along and needed help. It was at this point that my eyes were opened, and I went for the bread.
I know other people who are currently just as blind as I was for the first 34 years of my life. Despite abundant offerings of bread, they fly by like bats during the day, blind to what is being offered. I find myself wondering why and struggling not to become frustrated. I attempt to demonstrate how good the bread tastes (no ingredient changes are needed), cut the bread into bite-sized pieces, place the bread directly in the bat sparrow’s line of sight, and blow wafts of air across the bread to carry the smell to the bat sparrow’s nostrils only to find that it is still blind and unable to sense the savory fragrance.
I have to remind myself of the words of John 6:44 “For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up.” It isn’t my work that causes a person to be saved; it is solely based on God’s grace. However, God does call me to be used by Him when He said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation…” (Mark 16:15).
From “Who Can Tell?” by Charles Spurgeon
Now, if the Lord were unwilling to forgive, would he have sent His servants to warn and invite? If there was not a heart of mercy within Him, would He not have said “Let them alone, they are joined unto idols, let them perish”? It is no small prophecy of God’s good intentions to a man when God sends to him a faithful minister.
Despite the discouragement that I sometimes feel when I do not see fruit from my efforts to evangelize, I am encouraged to know that God is merciful. His reason for giving me each opportunity to witness may be that He is trying to draw the person to Himself. My role is to obey His call; when I become disheartened, I turn back to Him who leads me on.
From “A Plain Talk Upon an Encouraging Topic” Charles Spurgeon
To go on tilling a thankless soil, to continue to cast bread upon the waters and to find no return has caused many a true heart to faint with inward bleeding. Yet this is full often the test of our fidelity. It is a noble thing to continue preaching, like Noah, throughout a lifetime, amid ridicule, reproach and unbelief – but it is not every man who can do so… My brothers, I pray you do not desert the field of battle but, like Jonah, remember the Lord and continue to abide by the royal standard!
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”