My dear friend Russell Morton shared the following encouragement with me recently. He came across the quote from Charles Spurgeon when doing some research on the provenance of the term, “the old, old story”.
A Sermon (No. 446) Delivered on Sunday Evening, March 30th, 1862, by C. H. SPURGEON, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
“In due time Christ died for the ungodly.”—Romans 5:6.
Here is a doctor of divinity here to-night who listened to me some years ago. He has been back to his own dwelling-place in America, and he has come here again.
I could not help fancying, as I saw his face just now, that he would think I was doting on the old subject, and harping on the old strain; that I had not advanced a single inch upon any new domain of thought, but was preaching the same old gospel in the same old terms as ever. If he should think so he will be quite right.
I suppose I am something like Mr. Cecil when he was a boy. His father once told him to wait in a gateway till he came back, and the father, being very busy, went about the city; and amidst his numerous cares and engagements, he forgot the boy. Night came on, and at last when the father reached home, there was great enquiry as to where Richard was. The father said, “Dear me, I left him early in the morning standing under such-and-such a gateway, and I told him to stay there until I came for him; I should not wonder but what he is there now.” So they went, and there they found him. Such an example of childish simple faithfulness it is no disgrace to emulate.
I received some years ago orders from my Master to stand at the foot of the cross until he came. He has not come yet, but I mean to stand there till he does.
If I should disobey his orders and leave those simple truths which have been the means of the conversion of souls, I know not how I could expect his blessing.
Here, then, I stand at the foot of the cross and tell out the old, old story, stale though it sound to itching ears, and worn threadbare as critics may deem it.
It is of Christ I love to speak—of Christ who loved, and lived, and died, the substitute for sinners, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God.
Beautiful story, I want to be like that child… or any other. I think sometimes that being adults just means that we have much more sophisticated ways to wriggle out of stuff. We spend our time intellectualising, and debating how we ought to wait, instead of simply waiting.
Thank you for the encouragement.
Spurgeon seemed to master preaching great truth in a simple way. The art of great preaching. Someone said it is easier to preach for an hour than five minutes!
The art of story telling in engaging the listeners’ imagination when teaching the truths of Scripture seems to be a key aspect of the great preachers. Charles Spurgeon was one such giant.
Some time back I attended a seminar at Ridley by Alister McGrath on Atonement and he shared how he used the expression, “Imagine you are … ” to engage people in his address/ sermon.
Yes, Fiona, “I want to be like that child”. Amen! Sandra.
Dear John, 5 minutes is impossible! Give me a 1 hour lecture – Oh! Where has everybody gone?! 🙂
Thankyou for passing on the story.
This old child needs to hear that right up to and through Heaven’s gates.
Thanks, John, for sharing that story. We all need to be reminded of the simple truth!
Spurgeon: The simplicity of a great preacher!